I've been married for 9 years. My husband owned the house before we were married. House was re-financed shortly after marriage with both of our names on re-fi agreement, but only his name on deed. One attorney told me I'm entitled to a portion of the house, another told me I am not. He earns significantly more money than I do. He pays mortgage, but I have contributed to the household for the last 10 years living here. Please advise!
2 Answers from Attorneys
You may have a claim to any increase in value of the house, but with the downturn in the market this will mean very little.
There are a lot of issues to consider in divorce, and the house is only one. You live very close to my office right next to the Hackensack Courthouse. Let me know if you would like to come in and talk over your situation. I will explain what legal issues I see, and what I can do to assist you. I will also give you my best estimate of the cost for attorney's fees.
This will be a free consultation. After we talk, you can decide what you would like to do.
Give me a call, make an appointment to come see me, and let's get moving on this for you. No charge for the telephone call and no charge for the first office visit.
Robert Davies, Esq. 201-820-3460
The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
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Hackensack New Jersey 07601
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If marital funds were used for the upkeep of the house you are prbably entitled to an interest.Remeber that to sell the house your husband will need your signature.
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