August 19, 2017

How do I get my ex-wife removed from my house deed?

Additional Information:

I have been divorced for 9 years and as part of the separation agreement, I got the house. How do I get my ex-wife removed from my house deed? One of our lawyers was supposed to take care of this but it never happened. I have contacted my lawyer numerous times over the years to no avail. What do I need to do to get this taken care of?

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

A new deed needs to be drafted tranferring your and your wife’s interest into your name alone.  Most attorneys are capable of drafting a Quitclaim Deed and it is relatively inexpensive.  The new deed will need to be signed by you and your ex-wife and both signatures will need to be Notarized.  This new deed will then need to be recorded at the appropriate registry of deeds for a fee of $125.00.  It is really that simple.

The only issue that could complicate the matter is if there is an outstanding Note on the property in you and your ex-wife’s names jointly or in her name individually.  If so, then generally your ex-wife would not deed over her interest in the property until you refinanced the Note or paid it off so that there is no longer a Note and Mortgage in her name.  Upon refinance or payment of the Note in full, then your ex-wife should immediately deed over her interest in the property to you.

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