So you are getting divorced and your spouse inherited the home where you lived during the marriage. While inherited property is usually awarded to the inheriting party, this is not always the case. The Utah Appellate Courts have advised that under certain facts you may be able to claim an ownership interest in property that was inherited by your spouse. Specifically, if you contributed to the improvement, maintenance or protection of the property, you may be entitled to claim an equitable interest in the property. What this means for you is that if you lived in a home that your spouse inherited, and you can show that you contributed to the home, you may have an ownership interest in the home, no matter what your spouse or his or her attorney tells you.
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