If I bought a house before I got married, can he take the house from me in a divorce?

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If I bought a house before I got married, can he take the house from me in a divorce?

The loan is in my maiden name and his name is not on the deed or anything else that has to do with the house. The taxes, etc. are in my name.

Asked on November 24, 2012 under Family Law, New York

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Any property that you owned prior to your marriage will remain your property, unless you add your spouse (in some way) to the title on the property.  Since you have not refinanced the property or added your spouse to the Deed on the property, your spouse is not entitled to any ownership interest in your home.  


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