If my partner and I split up and my name is on our house, as well as other assets that were acquired during the relationship, what are my rights?

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If my partner and I split up and my name is on our house, as well as other assets that were acquired during the relationship, what are my rights?

My partner and I were together for 30 years, have 2 children, both adults. My name is on our property and we

acquired other assets during the relationship, what are my rights in PA? I now live in NH; I moved out about 3 weeks ago.

Asked on June 27, 2019 under Family Law, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Not being married, there are no "family law" related rights; rather, any and all rights come from how you owned things and bought them.
Real estate: if titled solely to you, it is yours; soley to your partner, it is your partner's; titled to both of you as it evidently is, you each have an equal 50% interest in it. If you sell it, you will split the proceeds 50-50.
Vehicles: as per real estate--your and your partner's respective ownership depends on how it is titled to the two of you.
Any furniture, art, electronics, appliances, etc. the two you purchased: since these things are not generally titled, it depends on who paid; basically, if one person bought it, it belongs to that person; if both contributed, they are both owners or at least have an interest in the value of in proportion to their contributions.
Anything bought solely by you (e.g. clothing, jewlery) is yours entirely; anything bought solely by your partner is your partner's; anything one of you gifted gave to the other belongs to the recipient.

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