Do I have any rights to the house that my husband’s family financed for my husband and I?

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Do I have any rights to the house that my husband’s family financed for my husband and I?

My husband’s grandfather financed our house for us 8 years ago. We made all the payments to him, using our income tax returns every year, for 5 years and were only able to make our payments because of that money. I was a housewife/stay-at-home mom for 9 years. Now my husband and I are separated and he pretty much made me move out by throwing all of my things outside. He told me that if I didn’t leave his grandfather could have me removed. I am now living in government funded public housing with our 2 daughters and he’s still living in our house. Do I have any rights?

Asked on March 12, 2012 under Family Law, Arkansas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  You really need to seek help from legal aid as soon as you possibly can.  What you did not state here is the particulars of the deed.  Whose name is it in?  If it was purchased after you were married and placed in either your husbands or yours and your husbands name then it is marital property.  If, however, it is not in either of your names then you may be out of luck as matters dealing with real property have to be in writing to be valid.  Are you getting support and child support?  You are entitled.  So please get help asap.  Good luck to you.


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