Is It A Gift Or Just Paying Bills?

Is It A Gift Or Just Paying Bills? Here is a typical scenario in a divorce case:  One spouse moves out of the marital home and files for divorce. For the next 10 months, he or she continues to pay the $1,800 mortgage, and two car payments of $400 each to ensure their credit isn’t damaged, and to protect the property from repossession or foreclosure. Should those payments totaling $12,000 (non-paying spouse’s half the mortgage and car payment of $400) be considered a gift to the other spouse?  Or, should the paying spouse be entitled to reimbursement from the non-paying spouse? In the past, Courts looked at whether the payment… Read More

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