I have been living in the same house (in Northern Idaho) with a woman that is no longer my partner. The home was purchased in 2011 and I paid for the home with cash (both money in my bank and a line of credit from my home in CA). I had her sign an agreement that if I died or we split up, the original investment of $230K would be returned to me and the equity left in the property split (either with me or the beneficiaries if my estate - my two children). We have been living in separate rooms for about 1 1/2 years and I officially moved to this home full time on 5-24-2012). My home in CA just sold and I have paid my accumulated debt down with approx. $159K in the bank (she did live with me in this house with her daughter for 7 years, although the home was mine 100%). She has contacted a lawyer and he is saying the agreement for me to get my $230K back is not valid and shows intent (of course it shows intent, I want my investment back since this woman has not spent one dime on the property - property taxes, utilities, the payment for almost three years on the line of credit I used to purchase this home, etc.). This lawyer states she is entitled to 50% of the value of the house and has told her she can get the court to force me to sell the property (at a bargain basement price) to get her money. She is packing and is waiting for her lawyer to tell her to move. The fact that she is moving is not an issue, as I have tried to have her leave numerous times in the last 9 years. I have paid all the bills, purchased the house with my money, gave her money on a monthly basis (she does not work and spends her time creating fiber art items for a local Farmer's Market and an internet site - the business is failing miserable and I am supplementing her income). She did acquire a job a few months ago at a local hospital, but quit after a few days because of the conflicts with her business (which again is failing miserably). I know I cannot do anything until I am served papers, but what options do I have when these papers are served (and does she really have any rights to 1/2 of the property, purchased and maintained by me). Thank you in advance! xxxxxx xxxx
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