Back in 1999-2011, I was an owner of a property along with my now ex-wife. This property was included in our divorce decree and given to her in the settlement. The divorce was finalized in April of 2011, when she was awarded the property as part of the decree.
This property went into foreclosure
2009-2010 and is included in the Government Foreclosure Settlement. A settlement fund was created to reimburse families who were victims of unfair foreclosure practices and this property is included in that settlement.
A check from the fund was sent to me in the amount of $3000.00 and has both mine and my ex-wive's name as did the house. The check is made out to whom ever was listed as borrowers on the note from the dates of January 1, 2009- December 31, 2010.
As of those dates, I was still an owner of the property as the property was not divided in the divorce as of that date. These funds ($3000.00) were also not part of the divorce decree as the fund had not been created at that point.
My question is, do I have the right to half ($1500.00) of the money. My belief is that since I was involved in the wrongful foreclosure, that I should be entitled to 1/2 the money. As if there was mis-calculation of taxes during the period of time that we were married, if I received a refund check issued in both of our names, she would be entitled to 1/2 of those funds (even if we are now divorced).