Folsom, CA asked in Civil Litigation for Minnesota

Q: I bought a cabin in 2010 After close I put my mate on the title. I paid it off 2016. She paid $0. Is she entitled to

I bought a cabin in 2010 by obtaining a loan in my name only. After close I put my unmarried mate on the title. I paid the loan off in 2016 with proceeds from my deceased brother's estate. My mate and I split up in 2019. She made 4 payments of principal only and never paid for anything else in regard to the cabin. She is now demanding I sell it and give her ½ the value. Does she have any legal rights to her demand?

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James A. Teigland
James A. Teigland
  • Fargo, ND
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Hello,

I see you are from California but asked a question in MN's Civil Litigation section. I'm assuming the property you are asking about is located in MN. Generally speaking, 50/50 owners split the sale proceeds of a property 50/50, but the rule is not absolute. Courts should, and frequently do, look at it on a case by case basis. You probably have very good arguments that the majority of the sale proceeds should be paid to you. But this will probably have to be resolved by an agreement between you and your ex or through litigation in Court.

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