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I am sorry for your difficult situation.In Ontario common law spouses do not have property rights the way legally married spouses do. Therefore, there is a presumption that your spouse owns the house that is in her name and so is soley entitled to the full equity in the home. However, you can rebut this presumption and claim an interest in the home if you can prove that you contributed to the value of the home.So, if you want to be able to sue successfully for an interest in the value of this home you would have to show what contributions you made to the home. You would add up what you paid towards the mortgage and you would also add what you paid towards any improvements. As well, if you made some of the improvements by hand you would receive credit for that work as well. Unfortunately, you would then have to subtract what you would pay for your share of fair market value rent if you are renting this home because the home is legally hers as it is in your spouse's name.If at the end of those calculations you find that you have contributed to the value of the home you will be able to successfully sue for an interest in it. You would not get the home but your spouse would have to pay you a sum equal to what your interest is based on the equity in the home.Does that clarify the situation the law?