If an unmarried couple spits up but owns real property together, what are the legal obligations involved?

My girlfriend and I never married and are no longer together. However, her name is on my deed. Also, is she entitled to half the value of the home itself or all possession as well in the home? What are my legal obligations?

Asked on September 20, 2010 under Family Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) If you are not married, there are no property, asset, support, etc. obligations coming from marriage.

2) If both your names are on the deed, you are both owners of the home or other property. Unless there is something specifically limiting her ownership, if you and she are the co-owners, you each have equal rights in and to the property or its proceeds.

3) To the extent she can show that she has contributed to buying, repairing, etc. other property or belongings, she could probably establish a claim for it; e.g. say you and she jointly bought a $5,000 living room set. She could probably establish, based on her contribution, a $2,500 claim.

 

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

1) If you are not married, there are no property, asset, support, etc. obligations coming from marriage.

2) If both your names are on the deed, you are both owners of the home or other property. Unless there is something specifically limiting her ownership, if you and she are the co-owners, you each have equal rights in and to the property or its proceeds.

3) To the extent she can show that she has contributed to buying, repairing, etc. other property or belongings, she could probably establish a claim for it; e.g. say you and she jointly bought a $5,000 living room set. She could probably establish, based on her contribution, a $2,500 claim.

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.