Franklin, MI asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan

Q: my parents are separating and my stepfather won’t contact or cooperate with listing their home. How can my mom proceed?

He has moved out. She’s trying to list the house because she can’t afford it on her disability alone. He won’t communicate with anyone. She’s trying to move forward with the process to prevent losing the house. Is there a way she can try to make this work? Any help is appreciated.

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Thomas. R. Morris
Thomas. R. Morris
Answered
  • Farmington Hills, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Divorce is the legal process that seems to be the best candidate. There are other legal processes, such as a personal bankruptcy, that might cause the process to move forward as well. Your mother should consult with an attorney.

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
Answered
  • Howell, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Assuming the house is in both their names, a divorce or legal separation would provide a mechanism to enforce cooperation if your step father won't cooperate otherwise.

HOWEVER, there are many details not appropriate for a public forum that are needed before a 'solution' can be offered.

Please have your mother consult with a local domestic law attorney (this is not merely a 'real estate' matter) to delve into the details and ideally provide some answers.

Good luck.

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