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When my husband and I married he already owned the home we live in. Am I entitled to anything if we divorce? No pre-nup .: I have lived here fopr 14 years and paid the majority of the house billa because I always made more.

Asked over 8 years ago in Divorce

Audrey’s answer: In Pennsylvania, marital property is subject to equitable distribution. Marital property is any property acquired during the marriage (with a few exceptions). Marital property also includes the increase in value to separate property, such as the home in your question. Without knowing the details of when the home was purchased and how it was purchased I cannot answer your question specifically. However, generally, the increase in value is calculated from the date of marriage to the date of separation, at times until the date of distribution (depending on the asset). However, keep in mind, the house does not exist in a vacuum. The court will consider all the marital property (house, savings, retirement, vehicles, etc) as well as the situation of the parties (health, income, etc.) and make a determination as to what is a fair and equitable distribution of the marital property.

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Answered over 8 years ago.


Sisters husband verbalized he was leaving 1 month ago but he is still in the house. he however has stopped paying all the bill: if the husband verbalized he was leaving but still has not done so what can she do? he has stopped paying all the bills and stays out all hours of the night. she works part time because they have 2 children. he will come home 30 minutes before she has to leave for work. she knows she cant leave that house but he is mentally trying to force her out. what can she do. she is not in any financial state to get a lawyer. can she file for support even though he has not left the house? what are her options? please give advise. she received payments for march with feb fees overlapping as late fees. please advise thank you kindly

Asked over 8 years ago in Divorce

Audrey’s answer: In Pennsylvania spouses have the duty to support each other. Your sister should go to her local domestic relations office and file for spousal and child support. She does not need an attorney to help her file. The domestic relations office will direct her. If she is entitled to support she will only receive support from the date of filing the request, not for any time prior. I am not sure what you mean by "she received payments for march with feb fees overlapping as late fees." Your sister should also consult with an attorney in her area so that she will know her rights. Some offer free consultations, but make sure she chooses someone who is very familiar with family law issues.

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Answered over 8 years ago.


After getting married can you still get a prenuptial ??: If both agree to the signing of a prenuptial and we can not afford the lawyer's fee before the wedding is it legal to sign one or have one written up after the day we get married or is their something else that needs to be done ?? We need a short easy agreement No estate stuff or property stuff I just want my 401k and any retirement money protected ! What would a fair fee be for something like this ? THANK U

Asked over 8 years ago in Divorce

Audrey’s answer: In Pennsylvania, you can enter into an agreement regarding distribution of property at any time prior to or during the marriage. An agreement entered into prior to the marriage is considered a pre-nuptial agreement. An agreement entered into during the marriage is called a mid-nuptial agreement. It would be impossible to give you an idea of the fee for your particular pre-or mid-nuptial agreement without gathering additional information from you.

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Answered over 8 years ago.