In some divorce cases, a spouse may pass away before the divorce proceedings are resolved. At this point, the surviving spouse is considered a widow or a widower, and is legally entitled to all of the assets in the marriage. Things can get complicated when it comes to assets obtained during a spouse's time of separation. If your spouse had a will, and the will determines that certain assets that were obtained after separation are supposed to go to other people, then chances are that the heirs would receive the inheritance. Still, you are legally entitled to any marital assets as a survivor. The courts will recognize the marriage as null and void due to the death, and will not proceed with the divorce. If you want more information about how death can stop and change a divorce proceeding, you need to talk with an accomplished Los Angeles divorce attorney at Claery & Green. Call the firm today for more information.