My Ex husband and I divorced 9 yrs ago. In the devorce settlement that when his mother deceased the house one then become our to live in. This part was a verbal commitmint. After a few year years his mother had a stroke and required around the clock care. And the only way to provide was for a "life use" document. In the meantime The deed was signed over to my ex who has been telling all the years it's still in his mother name. The only way I know is that his 2nd wife (soon to be third) told me it has been. During my marriage of 20 yrs plus dating 5 more years. I was extremely generous which apparently is the dumbest thing to do. Apparently I would like to collect my half of the house as stated in the divorce settlement. My question after all the years is do I still have right to this money. I could really use the money, I am on my own living with a friend and unemployed due to many illness. So my bills are getting higher. My stress is getting higher and causing severe stress which only aggrevates all my symptoms.
State/Country relating to question: New York
Nothing yet, I'm just not sure how to handle it
If the money was part of the divorce settlement agreement and was actually written in there and was not merely verbal, then YES you have an entitlement to that money. To collect, you need to go to the court where the divorce was issued and file a rule to show cause for contempt and an order of contempt which will force him into court and the court will order him to give you the share in the written order. If it was only a verbal agreement, then I am afraid verbal agreements of this nature are not enforceable in court and you would not be able to collect.
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