I have been married for nine years. My wife and I bought a house four years ago. We owned a town house before that in which my wife provided the down payment. I did the research on the location and received special financing and amenities because of being a state employee. We sold the town home and made enough money to put a down payment on the present home. Since the housing market collapse the value of our home has gone down. Also, since my wife makes 3-4 times what I make, she pays a larger portion of the mortgage. Since we are preparing to separate she has said that she wants to keep the house and that I can just consider the money I paid into it as rent or we could sell it. I have no problem selling it but she insists that I still make payments and I will also have to pay rent somewhere else. I cannot afford to do this. Again, she has the money to get a lawyer and force this issue. I really do not have the funds to do so.
What can I do? I can’t walk away with nothing.