I met my now wife in 1996 and we married in 2005, I bought a house in 2002 in which she didn't want to sign off on any of the paperwork as a second signature meaning I would be liable for the mortgage payments and repairs on the house.
Any increase in value of the property during the marriage would be considered marital in nature. This doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up the house. You would have to buy her out for her share of the equity in the home if she is seeking equitable distribution. Consult with a local family law attorney to discuss in more detail.
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