Matrimonial Home Law and Legal Definition
Matrimonial home is a term used in divorce law to refer to the property where the couple resided together before the breakup of the marriage. After a spouse leaves the matrimonial home for a reasonable amount of time, which varies depending on the situation, that spouse may be found to have abandoned or deserted the remaining spouse.
In some circumstances, a spouse be entitled to a credit toward the marital residence, even when it is owned jointly. For example, a down payment which is composed of separate assets, may be subtracted from the value of the property and given to the party who contributed the separate asset, even where the property is considered marital.