house in name of man and mother-in-law, what happens after divorce?

House named in husband name and mother in law name? after 10 years of
marriage, what happens?

Asked on September 6, 2018 under Family Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the house was acquired during marriage and was not gifted to or inherited by husband, then the wife has a right to the equity in it and should be compensated for her share of its value on divorce--that is, the house would be one of the assets divided in divorce.
But if the house was owned by the husband and his mother pre-marriage, or they inherited it (or can show it was purchased solely with inherited money), or it was given to them as a gift, it is not marital property and the wife has no interest in it.

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