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Common Law Issues The law regarding common law relationships is different than in cases of divorce. Discuss the issues that affect unmarried couples here.

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Old 02-24-2009, 08:17 PM
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My girlfriend and i bought a house together prior to even living together, but we have a child together, so we became commonlaw right away. I put down 10,000$ more than she did on the house, but both of us have our names on the mortgage.
When we separate, do we split the equity of the house equally, or do I get a higher proportion since I put more money in when we bought it (before we were even common law)????
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My girlfriend and i bought a house together prior to even living together, but we have a child together, so we became commonlaw right away. I put down 10,000$ more than she did on the house, but both of us have our names on the mortgage.
When we separate, do we split the equity of the house equally, or do I get a higher proportion since I put more money in when we bought it (before we were even common law)????
Thanks for all your input! I love this site.
You will get your $10k more than she did, but you will split the growth in equity from purchase date.
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If they live in the house for long enough, won't it be regarded as a matrimonial house? if so, he won't get much chance to get his down back....unless they have a contract.
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They are common law, not married.
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