Can he demand it? Yes. Is it reasonable given the facts of your case? I don't know since you haven't stated a full description here as to all of the issues in your case or any agreements that you've made in writing. I'm sorry that you're going through a divorce. Both parties have certain rights in a divorce, not the least of which is financial responsibility and a fair distribution of assets.
My suggestion would be to hire a family law lawyer in your area to represent you as to all of the issues in your case. A comprehensive answer, even if you gave a complete description, would be tantamount to legal advice and Avvo answers are intended to be general in nature.
Either one can be awarded the home. The home can be ordered sold. During theses tough economic times if the home is upside down meaning more is owed then the fair market value, there are a myriad of alternatives. There could be a deed in lieu of foreclosure, short sale, bankruptcy etc. That is why what Ms. Johns said is so true.You must consult with an attorney to talk about your options. He can ask you to refinance if you are granted the home but that does not mean you will qualify for a loan. Good luck.
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This is an extremely complicated question and there are no clear answers. It will depend on the evaluation of the entire financial picture for the family, including the ability to pay the obligation. Also, much would depend upon the judge's attitude as it would be a matter of judicial discretion if you were to go to court. You should talk to a family law attorney about your options.
In order to obtain more information about the divorce process and your divorce options, you should consider attending a Divorce Options workshop, if one is available in your community. If you are in Fresno, it is given on the second Saturday of each month at the Ramada Inn from 9 am to 1 pm. The cost is only $45. For more information about the Divorce Options program, go to divorcefresno.com or cpcal.com.
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I agree that the question evokes a complicated answer, which requires more facts regarding your circumstances. I would recommend talking with an attorney in your area regarding your options. I am in Fresno, Ca. and would be happy to speak with you, should you contact my office.
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