Establishing a reimbursement claim depends on the evidence and how it is presented. If you can trace the down payment back to a separate property source, you should be successful. If your H has a smart attorney, he will acknowledge your evidence and work on settlement to avoid the cost of trial. If they don't, then you might want to ask the court to have them pay your attorneys fees for the proof hearing.
You may not need a forensic accountant if you can explain it yourself as the witness.
The judge will listen to you if you have evidence to present that is relevant and well organized.
This is a complicated arguement and presenting evidence is subject to numerous rules and procedures.
you need an attorney with trial experience to do this.
This is not confidential advice and I am not your attorney until we have had a confidenial consultation by phone or in the office.
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