My stepfather and I own the house we are living in and he has lifetime rights. My mother died 9 years ago. He now has a girlfriend who he wants to marry. If he marry's her will she own part of the house?
Marriage does not by itself create ownership. In Ohio, it does create what is known as a "dower" interest, though, which is a potential right for the new wife to use part of the property if your father were to pass away. It's not quite ownership, but it could be a problem down the road if the two of you don't get along (among other reasons). How does your father feel about all of this? There are some ways to avoid the dower issue, such as by putting the house in a trust, but that can get complicated and involve a number of considerations (such as Medicaid), so it's not something I would recommend doing without an attorney assisting you. Best of luck to you.
It sounds like your stepfather might have a life estate in the house, while you own what is known as a remainder interest. If that's the way that ownership has been set up (by your mother, perhaps???), then your stepfather's remarriage wouldn't have any effect at all on your remainder interest. When your stepfather dies, you would own the house outright and your stepfather's widow won't have any interest in it, including a dower interest. It's also possible, though, that you and your stepfather own the house as joint tenants with right of survivorship. This would mean that when EITHER of you dies, the other owns the entire interest in the house, so your stepfather wouldn't just have "lifetime" rights, unless he dies first. You should check with an attorney to see what kind of ownership you and your stepfather have.
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