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Unfortunately, if he took a home equity loan, the loan attaches to the property, even though he is no longer on the deed. So I am afraid the divorce decree cannot alter the terms of that loan agreement. So, as he was on the deed at the time of the loan and the lien attached to the property, because they gave a loan based on the equity of the home, even though he is removed from the deed the bank can maintain the lien on the home and it would have to be cleared.
NY has a 6 year statute of limitations though, so if they have not sued in 6 years from date of last payment, she would have to file suit in the bank to remove the lien as it is now time barred from them suing to collect on the lien and that is the way for her to get it removed from the home.