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i bought a house from a couple that was in the process of dividing

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i bought a house from a couple that was in the process of dividing assets. They boyh agreeded to the purchase terms. I signed a land installment contract with the husband. Now the wife is going to get the proceeds fron the house and wants to change the terms to a payment I can't afford. Do I have a right to keep the original conctat as is , or do I have to agree to her terms.

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do whatever I can to answer your questions!

Did the wife sign the contract? Is the house in both names?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The house is in both names but the wife did not sign. The husband signed. We had it notarized and I had it recorded by the clerk of court in my county
Thank you for your information Floyd.

Unfortunately the wife is not bound by the contract since she did not sign the contract.

You may consider filing suit against the husband for fraud and breach of contract. The husband represented to you that he had the authority to enter into a contract to sell the property when in fact he did not. He then transferred his interest in the property in order to attempt to defeat your contractual rights. He is therefore acted in a fraudulent manner and breached his contract with you.

I would be glad to respond to any related follow-up questions that you may have.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
The property isn't transferred yet. Can I file something before it is transferred?
Yes you can. You can file a complaint to intervene in their divorce to protect your rights to the property. Of course, because of the nuanced details of the matter, I suggest that you retain a local attorney immediately.
Here is a link to a free site that may assist you in locating competent legal counsel:
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX hire a lawyer and ask that he do that.

It has been my pleasure to work with you Floyd

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