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I am sorry you are dealing with this situation. You asked: "So my question is can he claim half the interest that I AM PAYING each year on the note?"
If an ex-spouse is not paying a portion of the mortgage and taxes are not being filed jointly, only the person paying the mortgage is entitled to claim a deduction for the property and interest.
Second, Do I have any rights to have him removed from the note? Unfortunately, unless you can qualify for a refinance, a lender is not required to remove him from the mortage or underlying loan obligation. The fact he is still on the loan makes the bank feel more secure that it can potentially recover lossses from someone and there is not a legal avenue to compel the bank to remove a person from a loan. He is still legally liable to the lender but has no legal right to interest in the property. If anything, he should be asking and assisting you with the lender to remove his name.
However, you have the right to seek a loan approval and qualification from another lender. If you can not, your option is to continue to work with your current lender and continue to request that a new loan be in your name only.
I apologize that this was probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. However, it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information.
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