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#1

After 3 years of marriage, my wife and I bought a house. My wife paid most of the cost of the house. She used funds that she brought into the marriage. Both our names are on the deed. Am I entitled to half the house. Thanks


#2

You may be entitled to half the value of the house.

The house would considered marital property and subject to being divided in equitable distribution if any marital funds (funds earned during the marriage) were used to purchase the home, and/or if there is a mortgage on the house and your income during the marriage helped pay down the mortgage, and/or if your income during the marriage made any improvements to the house.


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#3

So if she bought the house while we were married but from funds that she had before the marriage, my name on the deed means nothing, is that right. The house was paid for when she wrote the check. So it sounds as I would not be entitled to half. Is this correct. Thanks


#4

Isn’t there something that says my half is considered a gift from her to me?


#5

There is a gift presumption when dealing with real property acquired by both spouses.

The house here likely has dual classifications, such that you would have an interest in the home. This could be because either your income contributed to the home and it’s upkeep during the marriage and/or because the home being titled in your name as well, as tenants by the entireties, was considered a gift of real property by your wife.


Anna Ayscue

Attorney with Rosen Law Firm Cary • Chapel Hill • Durham • Raleigh • Wake Forest

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