Divorce-What rights do I have?

If my husband purchased the house before we were married but added my name to the deed during the marriage, am I entitled to a settlement from the house?

Asked on May 21, 2009 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In most cases, this would be considered a gift from your husband to you, of an interest in the house, and that makes the house part of the marital property to be divided in the divorce.

How that would work in your case will depend on a number of things, including the rest of the assets and debts and how much each of you earns.  You need a lawyer to make sure that you get a fair settlement -- or to present your case at trial, if your husband refuses to be reasonable.  One place to find a good family court attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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