October 13, 2006,
L.G. asks from Boston, MA on October 10, 2006
Can He Sell the House
My huband purchased our home 3 years ago prior to us getting married so therefore the house is in his name only. We are going thru a tough time now and he wants to sell the house. I want to stay in the house seeing that there are children involved. Do I have any recourse seeing that my name is not on the title. He's willing to have me refinance it in my name, is this possible since my name is not on it in the first place
D. answers from Tampa on October 10, 2006
Per Florida Law, because you are legally married to him, he cannot sell the house without you signing a piece of paper agreeing to the sale. Without your signature the house cannot be sold. This would come up at the closing. (my husband is a real estate broker) In other words, your husband would go through all of the motions of selling the house and find buyer, realtor, etc. And this ONE point would not come up until they were at the closing. He would not be able to sell the house unless you signed off on the paperwork.
B. answers from Jacksonville on October 11, 2006
Hi, my name is B., I work in the mortgage business, so I know a little about the law. If you live in the state of Florida, and this is your marital home, you automatically have 1/2 interest in the home. Regardless of the home being only in his name, you are in a sense silently on the title and would be entitled to half of the proceeds.
You can refinance the house in your name even though you are not on title. You would be added to title during the transaction. With that being said, if you are still married and refi, he would have 1/2 interest in the property. I would research a little more, a title company would be a good start. They could probably answer all of your legal questions.
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A.G. answers from Ocala on October 11, 2006
Hi, you've gotten a lot of conflicting advice...I would recommend you go online and do a search for Florida statutes pertaining to marital property. I don't remember the exact website, but there is a family law section, and it might be joshua.com...I wish you luck, and if your marriage isn't fixable, sue for the house because your children are going to need SOMETHING that is a normal thing once it all starts...
I divorced several years ago. It doesn't mean YOU are a failure, OR a bad mom. Somethings just aren't meant to be...
E.P. answers from Jacksonville on October 11, 2006
I'm not going through a tough time, But I do know that if anything happens with the house (selling, refinancing, equity), you will automatically go onto the title before the action takes place. We just took an equity line out on the house, which my husband had been living in for 3 years before we got married 6 months ago. Anyway, when we took the equity out, I was automatically put on the deed, just for the fact that I'm his wife. It doesn't matter who is CURRENTLY on the title- just by the two of you getting married you're automatically 1/2 owner of the home. You might not be on the loan/refi (i'm not on our equity, just the deed/title) but you are listed as an owner when new documents are processed, which will happen with any change in the home- refi, equity or sale.
I asked all this of our loan officer when we went through the equity, plus I worked in mortgage for quite a while, that's why I went so in depth.
You said you're going through a tough time... if you think it's ending, I'd seriously consult a lawyer to protect your interests in this.
K.W. answers from Ocala on October 12, 2006
Yes this is possible. You can refinance and put It into your name. What will happen is that you will simply get a loan and pay his current mortgage off, then a new loan will be made into your name-However since you are married he will have to sign the title and a few other papers(nothing to do with your mortgage)
K.W. answers from Sarasota on October 13, 2006
I WORK FOR A LAWYER AND AM AN RN.YOU CAN CLAIM A "LIEN" ON ALL THE HOUSE PAYMENTS AND ANY AND ALL THINGS THAT GO WITH THE HOUSE (FURNITURE ECT).. WHILE YOU WERE MARRIED! HE ..CAN... SELL IT BUT YOU NEED TO GET THE $ FROM HIM THAT WAS PAID WHILE MARRIED! SO DONT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING!JUST FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LAWYER I WORK WITH!! FREE ADVICE. GOOD LUCK .
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D.M. answers from Sarasota on October 11, 2006
Hello my name is D., and I work at a law firm who handles these types of problems. From the legal point of view it is his house because it's in his name, but you guys are married and have children the only way to do anything is take him to court, which I know you don't want to do. If you refinance you guys should do it together so there is no if ands or buts about who's loan it is and who owes it. Hope things work out. D.
M.N. answers from Bloomington on October 10, 2006
Debbie is correct on this. I used to work for a title company and there is a form that the spouse has to sign agreeing to the sale of the property. Like Debbie said depending on the company that is handling the closing this form may not even be brought to your husbands attention until closing. Our title company always sent out the form before closing and we would not schedule a closing date until we had it back in our office but all offices do it differently.
So I guess in answer to your question, no your husband can not sell the home without your authorization as long as you are legally married.
As far as refinancing the house I am not really sure how that would work, I am sure that it could be done but you may want to contact a title company to find out what you would have to do. You can also contact your lending institution and they should be able to tell you what you would need to do to refinance the house in your name.
Good luck with everything.