Thank you for your question. I am happy to assist you.
North Carolina is an equitable distribution state. This means that in the event of a divorce the "marital property" is "equitably" divided by the court.
The house appears to be marital property subject to equitable distribution.
Property that is "separate property" is not divided by the court. Separate property (not subject to property division) includes inheritances, property owned before the marriage, personal injury awards, and gifts given to only one spouse.
Marital property (subject to equitable distribution) is basically anything that is not considered to be separate property and most income and appreciation on separate property that occurred during the marriage. Income attributable to the efforts of either spouse is marital property.
An "equitable distribution" means fair, not equal.
The court in determining what is fair also looks at the duration of the marriage, the assets and liabilities of the spouses, the monetary and nonmonetary contributions of each spouse and any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable.
I hope that the information which I provided was helpful to you.
Best wishes for a successful outcome. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to submit them to me directly.
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