If my ex-wife refused to sign my refinance papers to have her name taken off the house and get my new wife’s name on, can I get her for a show cause?

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If my ex-wife refused to sign my refinance papers to have her name taken off the house and get my new wife’s name on, can I get her for a show cause?

My decree says she has no right to the house and she has to cooperate with the sale of the house.

Asked on January 17, 2012 under Family Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry for your situation.  One would need to read the decree and the paperwork associated with it in its entirety to give you a solid answer here.  But if as you say she must cooperate with a transfer - this is technically not a "sale" - you need to take her back to court to enforce your agreement or decree by asking a judge to hold her either in breach or contempt of court.  Good luck.


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