This reads like a parade of badness!
Alimony is certainly a strong possibility if the incomes you are describing can be proved. Obviously cash payments are difficult to track exactly, but all you really need to do in court is convince a judge that the income is happening, not necessarily document it. So, for instance, if he is showing very little documented income, but you can prove that he is paying thousands of dollars a month on this, that, and the other, the judge is going to want to...
The answer depends on a few things that aren't obvious from your question.
What you mean by jointly held real estate matters a lot. There is a distinction between joint tenancy and tenancy in common, and that distinction comes into play if one party wants to force the issue in court.
What you mean by "partition" also matters. If you just mean cut up the real estate, that's relatively easy to accomplish. Getting the land surveyed is a likely first step, followed by negotiating a fair...
There are no laws like that, but -- assuming you are also on the deed -- someone in your situation can basically ask the court to order the house sold (a partition action) and the net proceeds split equitably.
You should consult a local lawyer who can sit down, review the appropriate documents with you, and discuss the best path to getting what you want done.
You and your sibling need to find a better way to get to a fair resolution than through court.
If I had to guess, he or she has been wanting to cash out on this property for 4 years, and for 4 years you have been refusing to go along, hoping that the market will turn around, and now he or she has upped the ante and filed a petition, ensuring that 1) the property will be sold and the equity unlocked, and 2) that the net proceeds will be lower than need be because the two of you couldn't get...
Not to be overly cheeky, but my only suggestion is that you get in touch with a local lawyer to get a sense of what sort of corporate structure will make the most sense for you and your husband. There are not enough facts in your post to allow for a more precise, specific answer.
" I'm afraid to tell the police"
Ridiculous. You are being harassed, and you need to take action to make it stop. Fear-based decisions are almost always incorrect decisions. There are laws in place for your protection and you should use them. Once you tell the police, they will tell him to leave you alone. If he doesn't leave you alone, you can get a restraining order from the courts.
Maine has particular rules about transmutation of pre-marital/non-marital assets into marital property. Depending on various actions that you may have taken as a couple regarding the house, there might be an argument to be made that all of the equity in the house is marital. (The source-of-funds approach is only one factor in the analysis.)
You should definitely consult a maine divorce lawyer to get a more specific and useful opinion. Remember that investing in quality legal...
In all likelihood, yes.
A security deposit is meant to provide relief to a landlord when the tenant fails to perform under the terms of the lease.
Title 14, section 6033 provides:
"Reasons for which a landlord may retain the security deposit or a portion of the security deposit include, but are not limited to, covering the costs of storing and disposing of unclaimed property, nonpayment of rent and nonpayment of utility charges that the tenant was required to pay directly to the landlord....
A non-custodial parent can only get away with claiming a minor on her tax return with the signed consent of the custodial parent (there is an irs form for this), which is totally optional for the custodial parent unless he is under a court order otherwise. If there is no court order telling you to cough up the exemption, then it is yours by right.
I would definitely consider including a note with your tax return indicating that you understand that another person (your ex) might try to claim...