My mother and step-father have "kicked me out" of the house 7 days ago via text. I am 21, working and going to school full time. I was involved in an auto accident 7 months ago and my vehicle was totaled. My father bought a replacement vehicle for me; I agreed to pay him back monthly for the cost of the car. I also pay insurance every month. He only placed his name on the vehicle title- but I've paid thousands of dollars on it. I plan to take him to civil court. What are my chances? As family members, we agreed on this in good faith and nothing is in writing.
Also, I am going my former home to gather my belongings. Do I have legal rights to the mattress in my bedroom they purchased for me as a minor (I had back surgery and needed a special type of mattress)?
There are a LOT of issues here. My suggestion is to take proof (if you have documents) of each payment you made to your step-father for the car. That will help establish that you had a deal for paying for the car. This is not an easy case to prove, but without something in writing that's the best you can do.
On the mattress and personal items, you would be entitled to items which YOU purchased with your funds or which your parents gave to you as a gift. If your parents purchased something which was not a gift, then the item belongs to them.
It seems obvious here that there is a lot of the story missing. I would strongly encourage you to sit down with a counselor or mediator and talk through these issues. There are local mediation services you can contact which can help with family matters.
This is a huge mess. Because it is a family matter, however, it is almost always better to try to resolve this outside of a courtroom. If you can try to do this, it may make matters easier and better for everyone. If you ARE forced to go to court, it is going to polarize the relationship even further.
I wonder if there is a family counseling service you could take advantage of? Either that, or if you are a member of a church, the pastor? You need a disinterested third person willing to act as a mediator, who may be able to cut through some of the areas of disagreement to find some common ground.
I hope that cooler heads can prevail on this!
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