My ex-wife and I got divorced in 2005. Since that time I have realized the following:1. Right before we got married her name was taken off the property. 2. She had me purchase an expensive diamond ring for her approximately 1 year before our divorce.I feel that these acts were intentional. Please advise accordingly.
State/Country relating to question: New York
Good morning,I'm sorry to hear of your situation.What do you mean, her name was taken "off the property"? She deeded the property to you? She convinced you to refinance and not have her obligated on the mortgage?Doug
No. This was a property owned by her family. I paid rent towards the mortgage while there was one and then my monthly rent went towards the property taxes.
Intentional---perhaps. But not illegal at all. Wives get husbands to buy expensive jewelery all the time---nothing new about that. If it were illegal, even my wife would be in jail. Your name was never on the property, so it never belonged to you. If the property increased in value while you were married and she transferred it back to family to avoid your claim in the divorce, you could have made a claim anyway on her share of the increase in value to the extent that you or she participated in making the value increase.But you are now making mention of this 7 years later---the divorce is long over and it is almost certainly too late for you to anything about the property transfer-----I'm sorry.I wish you well.
I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation, nor was it what I sensed you were hoping to hear. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so. Because I help people here, like you, for a living---this is not a hobby for me, and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX abiding by the honor system as regards XXXXX XXXXX I wish you and your family the best in your respective futures. Would you be so kind as to Accept my Answer so that I may be compensated for assisting you? Bonuses for greatly informative and helpful answers are very much appreciated. Thanks Again, Doug
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