Q: My ex is selling his house and I am apparently on the title. What advice would you give me on what to do?
My ex called me tonight to let me know he is selling his house but can’t because my name is on the title. He is asking me to sign documents that basically give my rights to the house away? I don’t know how this works and I had no idea I was even on the title. We was never married. We bought this house back in 2017 to raise our family and things didn’t work out. I was a stay at home mom during the course of living there. I did not pay any bills although I did purchase yard care items for the house in which I left there when he broke things off. He paid the mortgage and all the bills. I’m conflicted on what to do. What are my rights in this situation? He said something about a court battle if I didn’t sign over my rights to the house which would cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. I fear if I don’t agree to do what he is asking that it will put a strain on the way we are parenting our child. We have already went through lawyers and just closed our custody case.
A: As a Real Estate attorney, I don't have much to tell you. Outside of a marriage relationship, if someone places your name on the deed, this is normally either a gift, or a purchase, of 50%. When a parent adds a child to their deed, the child is now a part owner.
Because you had a relationship very similar to marriage, the courts may choose to handle the property differently. Divorce courts routinely will evaluate how long the relationship lasted and what property was brought into the relationship to determine what everyone receives at the other end.
What you need to know is how the court will view your past relationship. And how they might divide up the property.
I recommend you talk to a divorce attorney.
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