Can I be forced to sign quit claim deed for the house that was awarded to my ex in divorce? My name remains on the mortgage.

Asked over 2 years ago - Phoenix, AZ

We own two houses. The court awarded one house to my ex and one house to me. According to the decree, we are each supposed to refinance to remove the other from the mortgage and we are each to sign a quit claim deed to the property awarded to the other. The problem is that neither of us can get a refinance. I don't qualify because my only income is $800/mo in spousal support and he can't qualify because he's so upside down in his house. He is now trying to force me to sign a quit claim deed for his house. I understand that the judge ordered us to do so, but that leaves me with no legal rights to a property for which I am still liable to the bank for the mortgage. The decree states ex will "hold harmless" but that means nothing to the bank if he decides not to make a payment.

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  1. Brandon Kavanagh

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . Has he already quit claimed the other house to you despite your inability to refinance as well? If so, then he has already obeyed the order and you are not. If he has not, then both of you could ask the court what to do since you cannot satisfy the portion of the order where each of you is to refinance. In addition, if he has not quit claimed to you, then he has no reason to be demanding that you quit claim to him.

    My answer is purely from a real property perspective and a divorce attorney may have additional comments for you.

    Disclaimer: This answer is provided for informational purposes only, does not constitute legal advice, and does... more

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

Divorce and quit claim deeds

A quitclaim deed is used during and after divorce to transfer property from one spouse to another.

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