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Under Pennsylvania law, can a single man and a married woman

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Under Pennsylvania law, can a single man and a married woman purchase real estate and obtain a mortgage without the consent of the married woman's spouse?
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Yes. The spouse's consent is not required for either a married man or a married woman to purchase real estate and obtain a mortgage. That said, the married woman's husband would not be liable for the mortgage unless he signed the note

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Would the spouse have any legally protected interest in the real estate bought by a single man and a married woman under Pennsylvania law?

Yes. If the property was purchased with marital funds, the property would be considered to be marital property and subject to equitable distribution in the event of a divorce
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I take it though that if marital funds were not used and mortgage payments commenced after the married woman filed for divorce, the property would not be considered "marital property"?

That is also correct.
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