Q: Can my partner evict me from our home that we both share our names on mortgage or force me to sell the house?
My girlfriend wants her name off the mortgage that we both share. She wants me to refinance and pay her half of equity that's in the house. If I can't afford to pay her half of equity can she force me to sell the home? I have already been approved to take over the mortgage loan by myself. But not enough to pay her what she wants for equity buy out.
A: She can't evict you, but depending on how you guys hold title, whether as joint tenants or as tenants in common, she might be able to file a partition lawsuit against you to have the house sold and the proceeds split between the two of you.
This is essentially a 'divorce' and you need to approach it that way. PLEASE seek local legal representation so you can both get the answer to 'what can she do' (as Mr Harris has pointed out the answer will be different depending on how you own the house!) and what YOU should do to resolve this.
This is not a time to try to DIY things ... get local licensed legal help!
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