One of my friends is in a predicament. Advice would be appreciated. Here is the story: Six months ago, he and his wife agreed to purchase a condo apartment in New York. A purchase agreement was signed by both husband and wife for the apartment. A 20% downpayment was required at signing of the purchase agreement so 10% was paid by the husband (using his own personal pre-marital funds) and the other 10% was paid by the wife's parents. That way the husband and wife would each have 50% ownership of the unit. Now, the husband and wife are getting a divorce. The wife's parents want out of the deal now. By the way, the apartment unit has NOT been built and finished yet so there has not been an official "closing" of the deal yet. It's a new construction building. My question is... if the husband writes a check back to the wife's parents for the 10% downpayment they put down earlier to get his in-laws out of the deal, would that automatically mean that the wife's name must be wiped off the purchase agreement also? If no, what percent ownership of the apartment does the wife have to claim during divorce settelements? The marriage was only for a year with half a year separation already. Would it be better if the 10% downpayment was returned back in the wife's name and instead of the parent's? Is that even possible?