I moved out on the 26 Nov 2009. Reasons being that my spouse was lazy, wouldn’t work, lied repeatedly, stole money and mistreated my child (among many other things). He did not support my decision to leave. Initially I agreed to stay in the home and assume financial responsibility for the mortgage/utilities and he would move out. He then changed his mind and told me that if I wanted to leave, then I had to move out-he was staying. So I moved myself and my 2 kids into a small rental home. He would not sign a separation agreement. He has given me small amounts of child support on a random basis but nothing regular or court ordered-yet.
I am getting ready to initiate the divorce process and he has emailed me and stated that his attorney said I am responsible for half of the mortgage payments and utilities since I moved out and that he wants me to pay him retroactively, half of the monthly mortgage/utilities for the past 16 months and forward until the house sells or goes into foreclosure. If it matters, this property was bought as joint tenants in common prior to marriage. Does he have any merit to this claim? I didn’t even pay half when I lived there. I do not by any means have the financial means to do that-he makes three times what I do. He has lived in the home since I moved out and has refused to sell or rent it.
Any advice? Thanks!