No, not quite. First of all, I am still a little unsure of what you signed. Second of all, you DO get any money for any improvements you made on the property by investing into it by money and/or labor.Let me explain with a little informal guide:
Separate property and debt is property that is generally owned before marriage
by one spouse or traceable property purchased by one spouse only. (There is a lot more to here, but these are the two general rules that apply to you)Community property is everything else, including joint purchases.
Community property is AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED unless proven to be separate property by a party “by a preponderance of the evidence.” Community property and debt is split 50/50.However, there is severe entanglement here with your money and questionable release by you, so I would not give up on the claim that easily, and again, you do NOT have to leave until/unless a Court declares that this is indeed his separate property.I hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please click on the ACCEPT button. This is the only way for me to get credit for my work; I receive no credit for my time with you unless you press ACCEPT.
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Edited by Eli on 12/1/2010 at 8:15 PM EST