If I have been married 35 years and I own the house and the car, can I sell the house without my husband’s permission?

I have worked in the family business for 20 years but my husband fired me. Now I am without income. I have been looking for a job but it’s a tough market. The house and car are in my name. Should I sell that as well since my husband might stop paying for that. What are my rights? Am I eliglable for alimony?

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Family Law, Massachusetts


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  You need to file for unemployment as soon as you can and start getting money in.  His business wll try and deny you.  Fight that.  Now, even though the proeprty you speak of is in your name only, if it was obtained during the marriage it is marital property and you can not dissipate the property for fear of retribution.  Please get legal help.  Try legal aid or your local bar association.  Good luck.

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