Can my wife evict me from a home she bought with inheritance money from her dad?

My wife is asking me to leave the home we live in that was purchased with money that she got from her dad after he passed away. Up until this year I had always made quite a bit more money than my wife and had paid for most things including to repair this home and make it livable. A few months ago I cashed in a retirement account that I had had since before we were married. My wife had mentioned she wasnt happy then but I said I wanted to try and make it work and would pay off all the bills we had at the time and pay to fix her car. She agreed then but now that all of the bills are paid and I am out of money she says I need to leave and has threatened eviction. I also work from the home so this could also cause me to lose my job if I do not have a quiet stable work environment.

Asked on February 24, 2016 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Until there is a final decree of divorce or a formal separation or other legal document that states otherwise is in effect, both spouses have equal rights to the "marital residence". This is true no matter whose name that the title is in. So unless, you have put your wife in fear for her safety, you cannot legally be asked to remove yourself from the premises. That having been said, this does not mean that you will have rights to the house in a divorce settlement. For further information, you should consult directly with a divorce attorney in your area.


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