I am currently separated from my wife after 2 years of marriage. Her father owns the house we shared and when we were together he refinanced the house and obtained a line of credit in his name for us to do home improvements with. The total line of credit would be about $33000.00. We used $25000.00 of that for renovations and spent the remaining on miscellaneous items like a trip to Mexico, a new fridge and stove, new wedding rings etc. He now wants me to pay $18000.00 back to him. I do not deny that I (we) owe some monies but I do not think that I should be held responsible for that amount. He is threating to sue me but is not willing to sell the house to recover the amount borrowed.
Your legal obligation really depends on what you agreed to do when you borrowed against his line of credit.
That being said, he would seem to be unjustly enriched if you are required to pay amounts that were used to improved his property while he retains the benefit of those improvements. However, it seems fair to pay him back for amounts for which you received the benefit, such as your share of the vacation or any personal items you acquired.
This comment is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific legal advice or establish an attorney client relationship. You should retain an attorney to obtain specific legal advice about your situation.
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