Land Ownership and Subsequent Marriage (Michigan)

By Matthew A. Quick Pursuant to Michigan Land Title Standard 6.15, when people who are not husband and wife own real property as tenants-in-common or joint tenants, the ownership is not converted into a tenancy by the entirety by their subsequent marriage. In order to enjoy the ownership status of tenancy by the entirety, husband and wife would be required to execute a deed from themselves as tenants-in-common or joint tenants, to themselves as husband and wife (being sure the deed contains any name changes or an affidavit of name change accompanies the deed).