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A Quit Claim Deed or quitclaim deed is a document in which one person gives up all interest and ownership of real estate to another person. Quit Claims are sometime times used between families when the property is given as a gift, the property is transferred into a family business, to clear up confusion on titles and other situations.

But most of the time a Quit Claim Deed comes into play when there is a divorce and one person gives up their stake in a home to the other person. Typically if children are involved the primary custodian is allowed to keep the home but this isn’t always the case, just a common situation.

When you file a Quit Claim Deed you’re stating that you no longer wish to have any responsibilities or benefits that are tied to the property. This means that once the transaction is completed you will no longer have any say in what happens to the property and you cannot be expected to be responsible for anything that occurs to the home or on the property.

Read the fine print on a Quit Claim Deed before signing it, although they’re all basically the same, some people go into the process without really understanding that they’re giving up their current and future rights to the real estate.?Creative Commons License photo credit:?woodleywonderworks