Is our home of 13years marital property?

Yes, Your home is marital property. Despite the fact that he bought the home before you were married the house accrued equity during your marriage. Half of the equity accrued during your marriage is yours.

Have an attorney review all documents that you are asked to sign.

When was your name added to the deed and how is it deeded? If it was deeded to both of you after the date of marriage and you own it as a tenancy by the entirety then it is marital property.

It can be split may ways one of which is sale, he could also take a second mortgage and buy you out.

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My husband built a home four years prior to our marriage. We have lived here together as a married couple the past 13 years. I worked and contributed my income for the first four years of our relationship. I became a stay-at-home mom to our two adopted sons and have remained that for the past ten years. My name is not on the mortgage loan but is on the deed. Our home is valued at close to $1,000,000.00, and we owe approximately $350,000.00. We are preparing to separate, so I’m wondering if our home is considered marital property even though it was acquired prior to our marriage. Also, if it is, how would it be divided? Only by sale of the home??

Thanks in advance for your input.