What are my rights and what I am entitled to if in the event my marriage goes south?
Question Details: My husband and I have been married for almost 2 years. We live in a house that was purchased during the marriage and it's not pay for. When he pays the mortgage on it, it's out of a bank account that has over $10,000 in it that I don't have any access to. However, he wants me to be a housewife. He hasn't put my name on anything - not the bank account not the house not anything. I just want to know what are my I rights. What am I entitled to and what should I do?
Every case is different, so we can't give you a definitive answer: the specific facts are critical. That said, as a general matter:
1) All possessions or real estate, money, investments, vehicles, etc. acquired (e.g. earned or bought) during marriage (other than anything one of you inherited) will be divided between the two of you, more or less evenly. E.g. if the total value of your home, the money in bank, vehicles, etc. is $300k, you'd get around $150k of it. There are some adjustments made in the interest of fairness, depending on the exact facts or situation, so that 50-50 split is just a rough rule of thumb.
2) If one of you earns much more than the other and/or has been providing a majority of the family income, that person will likely have to pay spousal support or alimony to the otherl.
3) If you and he have children, whomever gets primary custody will get child support from the other.
Consult with a family or matrimonial law attorney to bette understand what you might get in divorce.
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