Thank you for that additional information. Since you were never married, the items which you solely purchased and accumulated during the course of the relationship would belong to you and the ones which he solely purchase and accumulated, would belong to him. Anything in which the cost was shared, would be something which would need to be divided and/or resolved, with one party buying out the other, since you would each have a legal interest and/or share of it. In the alternative, you could take certain items and he could take the others, trying to divide these things as fair as possible, considering the circumstances. Of course, anything that was given as a gift would be considered yours, or vice versa. You said you were the sole owner of the home, so absent an agreement showing he has a legal right or interest in it or is entitled to recovery for contributions, he may have a hard time doing so. Since there is a child, he may be ordered to pay support as well, if you seek it and he will not pay on his own, if you have custody of the child at this time. If you each contributed to the $12,000 in equipment, you would have a legal right to a percentage of it. That being the case, you would need to sue him to recover for your share or anything else which he decide to take, that was jointly owned. Since the amount which you seek to recover could be over $5,000, it would not be a matter for small claims court, since that is the cap in Virginia. As such, this could get complicated and it is best to retain an attorney to represent your interest, if you and him can not resolve this amicable.
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