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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide the clarification for you.If the home was purchased prior to the marriage and any marital funds - such as your wages and the wages of the spouse - or if the account from which the mortgage has been paid was a joint account, then any equity accumulated from the date of the marriage until the date of separation and joint funds no longer are used to make mortgage payments would be consider marital. That means the spouse is entitled to a percentage of the accumulated equity. South Carolina is an "equitable distribution" state. So a court is going to evaluate the amount of money the spouse has contributed to the mortgage and other maintenance on the home.Please let me know here if you have other questions or need clarification. Otherwise a Positive rating ensures i get credit for my time.