Section 6-10-101

Proceedings to set apart exemptions when administration not granted on decedent's estate within 60 days after death - Vesting of title to real property in surviving spouse and minors and right to possession thereof.

If no exceptions are filed and sustained to such report of the commissioners setting apart the homestead exemption, the title to the real property so set aside shall vest in the surviving spouse and minors, share and share alike, but only during the life of the surviving spouse and minority of the children. If all the real property left by the decedent in this state does not exceed in area and value the homestead allowed by law as exempt, title to all such real property shall vest absolutely in the surviving spouse, the children (minors and adults) and the descendants of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving spouse, in the children and the descendants of deceased children, or, if there are no children or descendants of deceased children, in the surviving spouse; provided, that when the homestead is so vested and there are a surviving spouse and minor children, the surviving spouse and minor children shall be entitled to the exclusive possession of such real property for the life of the surviving spouse and the minority of the children; where there are both minor and adult children, the minor children shall be entitled to the exclusive possession of such real property during their minority; and where there is a surviving spouse but no minor children, such surviving spouse shall be entitled to the exclusive possession of such property during his or her life. The homestead so vested shall not be sold for division during the life of the surviving spouse and the minority of the child or children of the decedent without the consent of the surviving spouse and the legally appointed representative of the minor child or children.

(Code 1896, §2100; Code 1907, §4227; Code 1923, §7951; Code 1940, T. 7, §697; Acts 1947, No. 216, p. 88; Acts 1951, No. 911, p. 1558, §1; Acts 1953, No. 837, p. 1128, §2.)