Q: Is my husband entitled to any equity in my house that I owned before we were married? He has not made one payment.
My husband will not work a full time job. He barely works 15 hours a week. I have been paying everything since we have been married..which is two years. I am currently going through cancer treatment too and working full time. The only thing he has paid is the cable and internet. I pay everything else including his insurance. He says if I divorce him I will have to give him money. I own my house and have for 14 years. I just want to see what my rights are. I am tired of carrying him while he works when he wants to. ..while I go through chemo and radiation.
A: You should hire an attorney now for a divorce consultation. But yes, the other spouse can claim an equitable portion of the increase in value of separate real property since the marriage. I suspect that you have a larger problem: no grounds for divorce. Selling the house now, moving elsewhere, but staying married may be the best financial option.
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