Maria married Jose De Jesus Carrillo Perez on February 7, 2002, and they lived together until their physical separation in March 2006. The couple never again lived together after the physical separation, but they did not file for legal separation or dissolution. During the next six years, the couple spoke only two or three times, never comingled assets, had separate bank accounts, and generally lived as single individuals. In January 2011, Jose purchased a Hoosier Lottery scratch off ticket and won two million dollars. Jose filed for dissolution of the couple’s marriage in March 2011. Held: Trial court acted within its discretion in awarding wife only 2.5 percent of husband’s lottery winnings.
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