Gretings. 1. I cannot advise you on what is reasonable for your situation without a full consultation, but usually the sooner you are signed on the dotted line the better.
No, you would have to file a claim for equitable distribution in order to have the court eventually distribute the house, or any other property, to you or her. Equitable distribution must be filed prior to the entry of a divorce decree or you lose the right to file the same.
A dependent spouse can ask for their attorney fees to be paid, but that is up to the discretion of the court if she is awarded attorney fees or how much.
Yes, she can tell you not to come back into the house because it will be domestic criminal trespass. Yes, it may be considered abandonment, possibly, or malicious turning out of doors.
I am glad to hear that I gave you good advice last year…Thanks
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm
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