I was divorced on Feb. 23, 2012. When we got married, my ex had $25,000 in a money market account that he put my name on. 3 years later we bought a house for $50,000. Then in 2007 we bought a 5th wheel, that I paid all the payments on until Aug. 2011. I filed for divorce
but couldn't afford an attorney. When I went in for mediation
I was given a print out of what I was going to get & told I had to sign that day - even though I asked to take it to a lawyer - to look over. We were married 28 years - they told me the house hadn't appreciated in the 25 years we owned it & since my ex had the $25,000 when we got married then I would only get $12,500 for my share in the house. We pay taxes for $96,000 on the house. I read in one article that once married & your name is XXXXX XXXXX that account that it becomes community property
& was wonderin if that is true at all? Then my ex father in law buys my ex vehicles & he has a very nice dodge pickup & jeep that he drives so I got an 89 Suburban & a 97 dodge pick-up & both are worn out. We both had IRA's from our jobs that we got to keep but my ex had an IRA he started just 1 year before we got married that was worth over $55,000 & I got a $38,000 rollover. In order to get that money I have to set up an IRA in that company & then I have to pay the taxes to get my settlement. I think I got screwed & am wondering if there is anything I can do at this time? Thanks for any help. My total settlement was $10,000 check, 2 wore out vehicles & a $38,000 rollover.