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No, they do not. Unless your ex-mother-in-law can show a written contract
where you agree to repay (or a verbal contract that can be backed up by proof such as witnesses), then she has no real case. Someone who loaned someone else money and seeks repayment has to prove by a preponderance of the evidence (51% or over) that it was a loan
, and not a gift.
Add to that the fact that she was giving money to you and her daughter, and no Judge will rule in her favor without some
kind of proof. As long as you maintain that it was a gift, and not a loan, she has no case.
Of course she can file in small claims
court (or regular court, depending on the amount), but she will likely not get far unless she has proof.
So you may simply ignore her requests. It matters not that she kept a record of how much was given - unless she has proof that it was a loan
, that record is a record of gifted money.
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