Question #53

My husband has a piece of real estate, which I have asked them to deed over to me to secure the payment of any settlement arrangement, but he has refused. What can I do?

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Question #58

After one year of marriage, my wife committed adultery and wants a divorce. We have no children. We own a house together that has no equity in it as I used a VA loan with no-money-down. I understand that she has no sufficient grounds for divorce. We are selling the house, and as it turns out, it will be a reasonably hefty profit. Since I believe her contribution to the marriage was minimal; she only paid her half of the mortgage, and I paid all other bills and substantially all home improvement costs, is there any advantage to delaying the separation agreement until after the sale of the house. Certainly, she’s entitled to some money, but I don’t want to give her half of the profit. It doesn’t seem very equitable to me. What should I do?

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Question #59

My state of residence is NY. After many years of living apart, I have finally taken the steps and have a legal separation with the goal of the divorce being finalized at the end of the year. My question is, I would like to purchase a new home jointly with another person. Since I am only in the separation stage, my partner fears that if something should happen to me, my “almost ex-spouse” would have claims on this home. Is this true? If so, what other options are there besides waiting until the divorce is final. Thank you.
 

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Question #61

I have been married since September 2000 and live in New York. No children. My husband and I are thinking of separating because we cannot get along. I have owned a house since 1990, and the deed and mortgage are in my name only. I also have my elderly parents living with me and help support them at times. My question is, will my husband be entitled to half of the house? He is telling me that I am not entitled to any of his pension because we would have to be married at least seven years. Also, I took out an equity loan to pay for our furniture and pay off his credit card bills. I did have him sign an agreement that he would pay me back if we divorced. But he is saying that he is entitled to half the money in the savings account. The loan and the savings account are in my name only. Please advise. Thank you. 

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