Inheritance rights are legally regulated. Children always have a right to their statutory share of inheritance, which is half of the distributive share of the estate. Children of spouses have to wait until both parents have died for their inheritance. If you or your spouse has a child from a previous relationship then this child is entitled to their inheritance as soon as the parent in question dies. In the event of a death the surviving spouse is also entitled to marital property, and a surviving partner is entitled to cohabitation property. If you wish to determine who will get your inheritance you must write a will.