My brother and his wife have been separated for 10 years. They have not yet divorced and have one son between them. His wife left the house and moved into an apartment. My brother retained the home and their son lives with him. For the past 10 years, he has paid the mortgage and all related bills on the house. He does all the maintenance, housekeeping, yard work, etc. She stopped contributing to those things when she left him. As their son is now 21, my brother now wants to go ahead with a divorce, sell the house, and move on with his life. She is demanding that he pay her $10,000 from the sale of the house to compensate her for their years of marriage. Of course, he doesn't think she's entitled but I'm not sure he has a legal leg to stand on since, even though they haven't been together in 10 years, in the eyes of the law they are still married. They married when the child was 2, so that would be 19 years ago. Does he have any legal obligations to her?
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