If I were to buy a house under these circumstances, is there a risk that the house could be legally repossessed (complicated situation regarding divorce & real estate law)?
In 2008, my parents began the divorce process in Pennsylvania after 2 years of separation. The divorce was extremely lengthy and costly, even though there was very little marital property
involved. The case is technically still active because the divorce decree itself was appealed to higher courts. I have sided with my father, and I have had a hostile relationship with my mother since the separation took place in 2006. My father left the area a while ago permanently and has to intention of paying a single penny of the divorce settlement that the lower court ordered him to pay. The house that my parents purchased has two home equity loans
on it, which were recently defaulted on. The foreclosure
process will start any time now. The combined amount of the two home equity loans exceeds the market value of the house by a large margin. There are no concrete assets left that my mother can try to claim in court, since the house is already mortgaged off and the car was taken away. It is only a matter of time before my mother and her attorney realize the move that was made against them.
This is where my question comes in. I am a recent college grad and I am thinking about purchasing a house in a neighboring state (about 90 minutes away from where I live now). Throughout the divorce, my mother had been hardcore about arguing over even the smallest assets. There was even an appraiser who came to our house to appraise some cheap furniture that did not exceed $400 in value. If I were to buy a house in a neighboring state, is it possible for my mother to try to repossess the house I will purchase? If so, is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening? Would moving a lot farther away reduce the likelihood of something like this happening (lets say 1000+ miles away)? If I stayed tried to stay under the radar by keeping my car registration and mailing address in PA, would it help at all? I need a detailed answer, since this is a really tough situation.