John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:
A marriage is a partnership. Half of any money you earned during the time you were married and living together is owned by your spouse, even if he didn’t work a day in his life. Therefore, when you divorce, your spouse is entitled to half of whatever pension was accumulated during the marriage.
John Gilligan is a founding partner at the family law firm offices of Brandmeyer Gilligan Dockstader & Davidson, LLP in Long Beach, CA. John has over 30 years of experience handling family law, probate litigation and estate planning matters. He can be reached directly at 562-431-2000.