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I own a house in GA. I am planning to marry and live in the same house. I recently added my son’s name to the deed. My house is paid off. Once I married can I still keep my house as a separate property? If in case we split up someday how would that affect to my house?

Asked on August 12, 2017 under Family Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If the house was purchased pre-marriage, then so long as you only pay any costs associated with it from your own separate income or funds, your spouse-to-be should have no claims to it. If you let the spouse pay mortgage, taxes, etc. for the house, they may be able to assert a claim for some compensation relating to their payment of those expenses, so you are best to keep this wholly separate and not use any of your spouses money for the home (and, of course, never put the spouse on the title in any way).


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