Written by attorney Nichole Patterson

Non-Owner Spouse's Rights to the Marital Home: D.C. versus Maryland

Marital property is all property, however titled, acquired during the marriage. Separate property is property acquired with separate funds, property acquired by gift or inheritance to one spouse or property directly traceable to one of those sources. Occasionally, there are instances where the parties live in a home that is in one spouse’s name only. This begs the question: what are the rights of the non-owner spouse upon divorce? Maryland law ensures that the marital home is considered marital property regardless of how the property is titled. D.C. does not have an analogous law; however D.C. does have statutes and case law that may be used to protect the non-owner spouse’s interest in the family law. Clients can be sure that Patterson Law Offices can assist them in protecting their interests in any property they helped acquire or contributing to, monetarily or non-monetarily.

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