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A lis pendens is a formal "notice" filed, that states that a property is attached to litigation and warns potential buyers not to purchase it. It is an effective way to ensure that a property is not sold off if it is part of a real estate lawsuit, or a divorce.
There has to be lawsuit filed for a lis pendens to be filed. So a divorce has to be initiated, first.
A lis pendens is a simple filing as far as legal filings go. Even if this is more of a civil matter, a family attorney should be able to do this as part of a divorce, for example.
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