If I am understanding your question correctly, you are wanting to purchase a home but don't know why your ex would need to sign a Quit Claim Deed to your new home. Because you are technically still married, and California is a community property State, he has rights to your home even if he is not on title, and could ask for half of the house/equity in the home in the divorce. By signing a Quit Claim Deed, he loses that right and your home is protected from him making any claims to it.
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Though I believe you when you state you share no assets with him, this decree is required by either the lender, investor or agency backing the loan, or possibly all three...
The only suggestion I could make for getting around this would be to contact a local credit union, or regional bank, where the loan doesn't need to be sold to FHA, Fannie or Freddie...in other words, look for a portfolio lender, one who lends their own money!
best of luck to you, Jeff M
The answers to your REAL questions need to be directed to an attorney, and I agree with the agents below who have advised that you do not purchase until you have clarity with your situation. From a technical standpoint, when and if you're going to use a mortgage to purchase the home, there are only three choices you will have when you make the application. They are; married, unmarried and separated. If you check separated, your loan will be difficult to approve pending resolution. If you check unmarried, it is untruthful and if you check married, your ex will need to sign loan documents at close of escrow (not an option in your case). So, again, I would suggest consulting an attorney to obtain the best resolution possible, and then proceeding from that point.
Best of luck and let me know if I can help.
If you trust your Mon buy it with her and do not be on title. When the divorce is final you can add yourself at a later date.
Since you are still legally married, he needs to sign a Quit Claim Deed or he could have rights to your house since California is a community property state. Check with your Divorce Attorney on possible ways to resolve this since you can't find your ex to sign. I'm not an attorney but maybe you could just have your Mother on Title until your divorce is final (unless you can get your ex to sign the Quit Claim Deed before the house closes) and then once your divorce is final, you can be added to Title with a Quit Claim Deed. Again, I'm not an attorney but check with your Attorney to see if that is possible.