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Can I sue an ex for 2000 worth of stuff I bought her while we was going together?

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It was for a couch and a computer.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: N.Brown ESQ, Lawyer replied 4 months ago
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I am going to assume by "ex" you mean ex girlfriend and not ex spouse. If you bought the items and gave them to her then it will probably be seen as a gift. A gift is considered a transfer of property from one person to another without valuable consideration (money or something else of value). When a gift is given then it become the other person's property and the give does not have a right to get the property back.

Now, can you sue her? Yes, but unless there is some evidence that these items where given under some agreement that she would pay you back or some other agreement other than just a gift to her from you, it is unlikely that you would succeed in getting them back or getting the value if those items. If you want to proceed you can file a smalls claims action. Here's a link to the process in Illinois:

http://www.ag.state.il.us/consumers/smlclaims.html

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