Premarital property

Dear Don’tKnow:

Greetings. If you owned the property before the marriage, did not make mortgage payments during the marriage, did not make any improvements to the property during the marriage, and did not place your spouses’ name on the title, your house and land shall be separate property in the equitable distribution proceedings and your spouse will not be entitled to any of it. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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If I own a houseand land outright as well as a rental property free and clear of any leans before being married and we wind up divorcing, can my spouse be awarded any part of my premarital property in the divorce proceedings? Her name is not on the deeds or any other paper work in regards to this property.