Question by Mr. Bigglesworth : Mortgage, house title, and separation / divorce in VA? My wife purchased our house BEFORE we got married. Well, I moved in and started contributing tremendously to the house (for 6 years) We are now in the process of separation/divorce, but my name was added to the title of the house AFTER we got married (my name is NOT in the mortgage) I am asking wife for a certain portion of everything I contributed, but she is refusing. Can she remove my name from the title of the house or is there anything in her favor? She also has amassed an unbelievable amount of debt… if we were to court and I can prove that the debt was used for her business, car (and she also took equity from the house… SHE IS A MESS!), etc., I guess I would be fine. What about the house? I imagine she cannot sell it without my agreeing to it, correct? She cannot just take me off the title, correct? The house is located in VA and we got married in VA as well.
Thanks! Please do not answer “consult a lawyer”… I am looking for educated opinions and experiences.
Please try to answer the question being asked. I am aware that I would be able to receive any equity that the house has earned while being married, HOWEVER, my main concern is my name being on the title. What does that mean? Does my name being on the title give complete SHARED ownership of the house or could can my husband remove my name from the title? With my name on the title of the house, even though the house was purchased by my husband before we got married, would I get 50% of the property? Not that I want to, but I just want to know what the situation is like… primarily, what it means to being on the title along with husband. Please try to answer the questions asked and my concerns. Thank you! Best answer:
Answer by opinionated
generally you are entitled to any equity the house earned while married.
courts do not care who put more into it,you were married.
one of you will need to pay the other their fair share of equity and refinance in their own name only in order to get the other off the bank responsibility For the loan.
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