Q: My wife and I have live at the same address for 27 years. Both of our names have been on the deed since 2003.
We have been talking about getting a divorce and she maintains that because the property was deeded to her prior to our marriage, I have no rights to it. What are my rights, please?
A: I would have to say that after 27 years of marriage, she's not going to receive the home as her sole and separate property. Whatever you do, I strongly urge you to retain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney, especially in light of the comments she's made. Unless it is a short term marriage or a valid prenuptial agreement, she's not getting the property free of any claim you may have. One could take a position, in a short term marriage, that he/she should share in the increased value of the property from date of marriage to date of divorce. Hire an attorney. Don't be penny wise and dollar foolish.
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