She changed the character to joint by puting your name on the deed so it is marital and subject to equitable distribution. She is however entitled to her down payment and any monies put into the property before the marraige. The one exception the this is if she put your name on the deed for convenience but the burden is on her to show this. You should of course discuss all this with your divorce attorney.
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It is marital property.
She probably is entitled to a credit for the value of the property at the time she put your name on it.
You should consult with an experienced matrimonial attorney soon. This is a very important question that will require a lot more information to really answer with a degree of certainty.
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Determining if it is separate property or not may depend on the reasons for the conveyance. This only tells one side of the story and doesn't include many relevant facts to how and why this happened. A far analysis of the entire situation would need to take place.
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The value of the property at the time of the marriage is her separate property. The increase in value during the marriage is marital property.
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