Thomson ReutersOctober 7, 2013 09:55
By Geoff Williams
(Reuters) - When Rick Buchler and his wife split up two years ago, they decided she would remain in their house near Stockton, California, and he would leave.
The couple had no children, and Buchler's wife, a pediatrician, wanted to stay in the marital four-bedroom home with an in-ground pool since she could manage the mortgage payments.
"The divorce settlement said specifically that I am no longer liable for the home," Buchler says.