If my spouse bought our house while we were still engaged, can he legally put me out?

I helped with the down payment, all the closing costs and we split mortgage every month. The mortgage payment comes out of my

bank account and all the other bills are in my name and come out of my account as well.

Asked on January 2, 2018 under Family Law, Missouri


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

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unless there exists a legal separation agreement or final decree of divorce that provides who has the right to occupancy, the home shared by a married couple remains the "joint marital residence". This means that both spouse have an equal right to occupancy, regardless of whose name that the deed/lease is in.

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