I am not a MI lawyer and am not qualified to give a legal opinion that pertains to MI law. However, I do want to make a non-legal comment or two.
By purchasing a home, you have created a potential case within a case. This means you may have hurt yourself by complicating a problem that you were on the verge of solving.
If you can afford to buy a home, you can afford to pay a MI lawyer for a brief consultation. Do so, or you may turn your potential problem into a real problem.
Until you are divorced, your wife has the right to dower under Michigan Law. You should check with a lawyer regarding how to protect this asset. You will need to communicate with her since the property you are purchasing should be mentioned in your settlement agreement and awarded to you. By doing so, she is indicating her willingness to not make a claim against the house. The bank that is financing the house will also need her signature agreeing to give them the rights to enforce their mortgage rights against her dower rights. There will have to be communication in order to close. Therefore, your lawyer should talk with her lawyer to get this cleared up.
If you can delay the closing of the house until after the Judgment of Divorce is entered by the court, she will have no dower claim on the house. That may be a better alternative in your case.
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