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who's name was the home in as of May 2005? When did the title change?
She accepted the agreement which included her getting the house on Jan. 3, 2007, and the divorce was final 30 days later. It took six weeks or so from the date of divorce for her to actually get title. The agreement stating she got the house had been under negotiation for six months or so, but it was other details that had to be worked out. Her keeping the house was never in doubt so far as I was concerned.
beneficial possession and ownership are not the same thing, although they typically go hand-in-hand in a normal transaction.. For federal income tax credit purposes, ownership did not terminate until the court awarded the property.
That said, have you considered your eligibility for the $6,500 tax credit? Based on what you have said, there is a good chance that you would qualify.
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