Question #136

My husband and I have been married for seven months and are already discussing divorce. We should not be married to each other. My question is, His parents offered to help us by paying for the wedding or by getting us into a house. We opted for the house, and it was purchased. The mortgage is in his parents’ name as well as his. I was led to believe that my name would be added to the deed once we were married, but it has not been added. I changed my mind about having children (don’t want to), and that is why we are discussing the idea. I have contributed to half of the financial responsibility, but I am not on the deed. Should I stop contributing? The insurance policy, however, lists me as a primary insured. I have been contributing half of the payments to the mortgage, even though my name is not on the deed. I am wondering if I have any entitlement to the property. We have made improvements to the house during our engagement and were led to believe that the house down payment was a “wedding gift”. Who gives a gift to just the groom? Anyway, the house has increased in value. If we sell, am I entitled to the money at all, only the increased value, or to all of it or none of it?
 

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