After eight years of legal marriage in Massachusetts, my cheating spouse and I have agreed to divorce. She quit her job after a year or so of marriage to pursue a number of new careers, none of which panned out. When we had our first son four years ago, she was working several hours a week as a consultant, and so we agreed she would be a stay-at-home parent. My mother died several years before the marriage, but her house was finally sold and I received a substantial sum from the sale, which I then put into renovations the house I had purchased (with my wife- I paid all the bills and mortgage). Now that we are getting a divorce, my lawyer says that I am entitled to get the money I put into the house out of it, and so although we need to share the proceeds from selling our marital home, I also should get the (significant) money that I put into it. What rights does my wife have to an inheritance that I received before we were married, but cashed in during the marriage? Are there any rules about this?