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The issue of whether this woman can reach your home titled only in your husband's name is ***** ***** than you might think. First the good news, while she may be able to obtain a Lien against your property, she can not force you to sell the property. The lien would potentially remain against the property until it is sold, but you do not need to worry about being forced out.
Next, she may not be able to obtain a lien against the property. That is because under North Carolina law, even though the property is not currently jointly held, the Courts may view the property as joint marital property anyway.
The legal principle that provides for this is called "Transmutation." Transmutation refers to a change in the status of property from separate to marital or - less frequently - from marital to separate. While it would be better from your perspective to have the property deeded as Husband and Wife, the fact that you have been making payments on the house could very well be sufficient for you to exercise your marital claim to the property. In such case, a lien against it for the premarital debts of your husband would not be appropriate.
This is complicated though, and it would be wise to discuss this with a family law attorney who can prepare the necessary documents to support your position.
It is important to know that a judgment lien is created automatically on any property owned by the debtor in the North Carolina county where the judgment is entered. So it may be necessary to file a Petition to remove the lien by asserting a prior Transmutation in your favor.
Also note that a judgment lien in North Carolina will attach for a period of ten years. After which it must be renewed.
Finally, a creditor's ability to collect under a judgment lien is limited by your homestead exemption.
So you have good reasons to rest a lot easier, but you still need to attend to this.
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