Title is irrelevant in Wisconsin. This is a marital property state and once you marry, all of the property of both parties becomes marital. With that said, the court will often give a party credit for property brought into the marriage in a divorce, especially if it is a short marriage. However, it sounds as if you have a very good argument that your efforts increased the value of the property substantially so this may offset any claim she would have for a credit for pre-marital assets.
I think you are reading too much into this house issue. You may be using this example to amplify other feelings and issues you have about your marriage. If you are interested in continuing your marriage, you need to discuss these feelings with your wife and possibly go to marriage counseling.
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Your wife is alive so I assume this is an estate planning question. What's the question?
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Wisconsin is a Marital Property state. This is a form of community property and ownership is not determined strictly by title.
This is really something you should be discussing with your wife, and possibly a marriage counselor, not posting online to a bunch of lawyers. It has to do with trust and communication issues between the two of you.
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