The General Property Rule
Non-marital property, which is property either spouse acquired before the marriage, is not divided equally. So, if you and your spouse purchased the house together during the marriage, then it is treated like any other asset and is divided equally.
Correspondingly, does the wife always get the house in a divorce?
In California, there is a presumption that property acquired during the marriage is “community property,” which means the property is owned by both spouses equally (unless one spouse acquired it through an inheritance or gift).
Consequently, what assets are protected in a divorce in Florida?
Pre-Marital Assets. Assets acquired by either of the spouses before they were married are not subject to distribution. Assets Acquired by Inheritance or Gift (Noninterspousal). If you inherit assets from 3rd parties, or your family, the assets are not subject to distribution by the court.
Can you kick your husband out of the house in Florida?
We understand that you no longer want to be living with your spouse; however, in general in the State of Florida, you cannot force your spouse to move out of the house. As long as both parties have been married and living in the home together, that is the residence of both parties.
It depends on who is named on the mortgage. This is called joint and several liability. You are both responsible and liable for paying the mortgage. That doesn’t mean you are both liable for half each though – if one person doesn’t pay their share, the other can still be held responsible for the whole mortgage.
Unless you agree to voluntarily sell the property your partner cannot force a sale. However, they can apply to the court for an order for sale of the property. The court will take into account a number of factors regarding your circumstances and whether the property is a family home to dependent children.
Having the names of both of the spouses on the title is common. In those cases, there will be equal rights to the home. One of the spouses, or both, could stay in the home during the divorce. However, there may be cases where only one of the spouse’s names is on the title.
If divorce is looming, here are six ways to protect yourself financially.
- Identify all of your assets and clarify what’s yours. Identify your assets. …
- Get copies of all your financial statements. Make copies. …
- Secure some liquid assets. Go to the bank. …
- Know your state’s laws. …
- Build a team. …
- Decide what you want — and need.
There are three main ways to handle the home: Sell the house and split the proceeds. One ex-spouse keeps the home and refinances the mortgage to remove the other from the loan. Both former spouses keep the house temporarily.
Qualifying for Alimony in Florida
- the standard of living established during the marriage.
- the length of the marriage (seven or fewer years is short-term, severn-17 years is moderate-term, and 17 or more years is long-term)
- each spouse’s age and physical and emotional health.
“Since Florida is a no-fault divorce state, it does not matter which of the spouses files for divorce first,” says our experienced divorce attorney Fort Lauderdale. “When divorce papers are filed, neither party has a legal obligation to provide a cause of the dissolution of marriage.”