Property as gift

If the property is solely in the name of your Husband’s mother and there is nothing in writing regarding gifting the house to you and your Husband, then the house is most likely the property of your MIL. You may have a marital interest in the house to the extent that you have put funds into maintaining the property and paying off the debt.

Helena M. Nevicosi
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I am getting a divorce from my spouse. I’ve been told that the house, which the mother lives in, is not considered marital property because it was a gift from her mother to my spouse. The mother lives in the house and has lifetime rights. We took over the equity line obligation on the house and have been paying taxes on same. I have been under the impression that the house would eventually be ours and we had planned to sell it when the time came. I have made all the payments for the loan and taxes from our joint checking account. My spouse had an affair and this is the reason for the divorce. Is there any exception to the “gift” law based on this information. I am in poor health and my spouse earns more than I do.