My husband and I dated two years and went through counseling before we married on April 29, 2000. At the time, he was renting the ranch from his father, but the day before we got married, his father passed away from complications of emphazema. We got married the next day anyway and then burried his father five days after getting married. Now, we have been married 13 years, been together 15 years and he has never put together a will. We are now fighting because I was told originally that I would get half of everything he owns, just like he would get half of everything I own. He has two grown children, but we both supported them over the years. They continue to expect us to pay the bills for them and pasture their cattle that Kent has given them while we were married. He is a self-employed rancher and he says the house is his even though he pursued me to marry him and I left my home to do it. I have brought the health insurance for 12 out of the 13 years, paid taxes, helped with groceries for brandings, and helped feed cattle, and my father gave us 3 bulls to expand our herd over the years. My name is XXXXX XXXXX operating loan. I have purchased items for the house and ranch. His ex wife continually harrasses us and recently tried to run me off the road. Do I have any legal rights to half of the ranch and house I am currently living in and on, or will his two kids who are 27 and 22 get all of it. What I see is after all the sacrifice I have made, maybe I would be better off getting a divorce than waiting until he gets his act together . I am a teacher and have sacrificed my own retirement account three different times when we had droughts so we could survive. Do I have any legal rights at all?I did have get prenant in July of 2000 and lost the baby after his children had caused a lot of trouble and his ex wife had caused a lot of stress.
Thank you for your answer. Now, if he told me from the beginning "Mi Casa--You Casa" when we married and he asked me to move in with him, does that still hold true? I spent some of my salary decorating the house because we redecorated before we got married.
Also, the bulls impregnate the cows, then and so the calves are the offspring of the bulls. So most of the cow herd we now own would have genetics from the bulls that came from my dad.
Okay, if all his land, he rented from his dad and then inherited when he died, if we were betrothed, would I be entitled part of it if the will was not read until after we were married? Or would that all be left to his kids unless he protected me in the will?
So would I receive any of it if he didn't have a will? My biggest question is do I invest anymore money into this ranch if I don't actually inherit any of it?
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