Greetings. It sounds to me like you have a difficult situation. First, all the real estate was purchased in your spouse’s sole name prior to the date of marriage, and therefore is separate property. Now, since many of the payments were made during the marriage, the property likely has marital equity, which he must compensate you for, but all the property is still separate. You may have a claim under real estate law to recover the $6,000.00 you put down on the house prior to the marriage. I would recommend that you also consult a real estate attorney, as well as a divorce attorney to review the entire marital estate, before you make any decisions on separating. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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