How Can I Get My Ex-Wife Off the Deed?


Dear Steve,

I have been separated legally in the state of New York and I had taken my wife at the time I refinanced a rental property in Florida since at the time we lived down there that we had both had our names on the deed. She told me when we refinanced here in nyc at the time, roughly in 92, that she wanted her name off the mortgage because she didn’t want to be held liable for payments but I forgot to take her name off the deed.

Recently after 24+ years I found her again, since we haven’t really kept in touch, that I wanted her name off the deed and if she would be kind enough to take her name off the deed thru a lawyer, but she said no, that now she wanted me to sell it and give her half (her dad had lent me money as a small down payment of about $5000 to put down on our existing house not my rental property. and she was confused that I owed him and the money was for the rental property, (since passed away).

But isn’t there a statute of limitations on how long one can owe any money lent over 23+ years ago? let alone give her half the house, she never spent a penny nor did she ever do anything during the course of the time I managed the home from afar and dealt with many issues in order to pay it off by myself. Please help…



Dear William,

You should not turn to anyone on the internet for advice about this situation, you need to hire a lawyer in Florida and get specific legal advice about your situation.


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