The answer to your first question is that a spouse may acquire some rights to a house owned by the other spouse at the time of the marriage. For instance, if there was a mortgage against the house and payments were made on the mortgage during the marriage using marital funds (marital funds would include any income from employment of either spouse during the marriage), or if any improvements were made to the house during the marriage using marital funds, then the non-owning spouse would have acquired an interest in the house during the marriage.
Your second question seems to be whether a judge would take into consideration the fact that one spouse “puts” the other out of the marital home. I cannot tell from your question the exact facts of your situation, but for the purpose of my answer I am assuming actions somewhat more drastic than just asking the spouse to leave; something like changing the locks while he/she is out. The answer to this question is that, yes, this sort of conduct (specifically called “turning out of doors”) can be deemed abandonment by a court and may be adjudged to be “marital misconduct.” This could be considered as a factor in an alimony trial. If the financially supporting spouse committed acts of marital misconduct, the judge must consider this fact and can increase the amount and duration of alimony payments. However, the judge must also weigh and consider the actual income and reasonable expenses of each party.
I hope that this information is helpful!
Robin F. Verhoeven
Attorney at Law
Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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