Kentucky Legal Separation vs. Kentucky Divorce Decree For Mortgage Loans
Did you know that a Kentucky legal separation agreement may be substituted for a divorce decree for a Kentucky Mortgage Loan?
In most cases, a legal separation agreement can be substituted for a divorce decree for any circumstance where a divorce decree is required. The agreement must:
- be a legal separation,
- include the same information that would be obtained from a divorce decree,
- be recorded, if required by law. (See Kentucky State Specific Requirements for Divorce and Legal Separation for Kentucky Mortgage Loans in Fairway guidelines)
If a borrower is not legally separated, then they are considered married, and the loan will be underwritten as such. In cases where the there is no separation agreement, the 1003 should
Property in a Divorce
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- What kinds of things are property?
- What happens to our property in a divorce?
- What is the difference between marital and non-marital property?
- Does the court divide marital property 50-50?
- What if I do not agree with what my spouse says is non-marital property?
- What about property from after the separation, but before the divorce is final?
- Will I get half of each asset?
- How do we know the value of our home?
- Will the court allow us to divide our property the way we want to?
Property is anything you own. It includes:
- Real property, such as buildings and land, and
- Personal property, such as money in cash or in a financial institution, furniture, jewelry, automobiles, etc.
It depends. If it is property that you acquired during your marriage, called marital property, the court will try to divide the value of the marital property between you equally.
If it is your non-marital property, you will continue to be the legal owner.
Marital property is property that:
- Was obtained during your marriage (even if the title is in only one of your names),
- Was given to both of you as a gift, or
- You inherited together.
Non-marital property is property that:
- You already had when you got married, or
- You inherited or received as a gift individually. (If your spouse says the property was given to both of you, you will have to prove that it was given only to you.)
Usually, but not always. The court may give one spouse more marital property than the other if it thinks that it would be fair based on the facts of your case.
To decide, the court will consider many factors, including:
- Each spouse's financial situation, including income, spousal maintenance, and non-marital property,
- Each spouse's contribution to their marital property,
- Which spouse will stay in the marital home, if there are children, and
- If a spouse improperly destroyed marital property after you separated.
Either spouse can ask for a court hearing to decide what property is marital, and what is non-marital.
In most cases, property or debts acquired after the established date of separation belongs to the person that got it.
Probably not. The court will look at the value of all your assets. Often, one spouse keeps the home, and the other gets other property, like cars, bank accounts, or other assets. Or the house could be sold, and the spouses would split any profit. The court tries to make the total value of all assets that each spouse gets equal, not cut the specific assets in half.
It depends on the equity, value, and other things, like market conditions. The court will order an appraisal if you and your spouse cannot agree on the value. This can be complicated. If you own real property or a business, it's best to talk to a lawyer.
Yes. If your agreement is fair, the court will probably approve it. If your agreement is not 50-50, you should each explain to the court why you agreed to an uneven split.
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