Greetings. First, was the money your income which you earned during the marriage and placed into savings or was the money from before the marriage. If the money for the house was from your income during the marriage, your wife is entitled to half of the equity. My suggestion is that if you are going to separate soon, do it now, and get the appraisal now before the house is finished and you keep paying on it. Even if you do separate, you don’t have to sell the house for her to get her equity. Best of luck!
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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