My wife and I have kept everything financial separated throughout our 2-year marriage. Now, facing divorce, I am wondering how things will be divided. We have no joint accounts of any kind, checking, savings, credit cards, cell phone plan, etc. I have savings (checking, savings, 401K, IRA, stocks, house). She has zero savings and is in debt (acquired prior to marriage). Her credit card debt is close to $2000, and she has a loan against her 401K. She has no other assets except her car and jewelry.
The house is in my name, and I was living in it prior to our marriage. I have 20% equity in house. My wife has never made any payments towards house. Does she have any right to the equity in the house?
I’d also like to know if she has any right to half of my 401K. We were married in 2008, and the value of my 401K is now less than what is was when we married. Does she have rights to half of the gains made in 2009, but none of the losses in 2008? And does the same apply for IRA's?