The property that you held prior to the marriage would remain your separate property, so long as you didn’t retitle the deed into both your name and your wife’s name. She would be entitled to some active increase in the property during the marriage, meaning if you placed an addition on the house or some other expenditure that increased the value. She would also be entitled to 1/2 the principal reduction from the mortgage payments made during the marriage.
Be careful about using the tax value, as it may not reflect the value a court would use.
Ketan P. Soni
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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