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QLD Debt - Repay Money That was Gifted to Me?

Discussion in 'Debt and Bankruptcy Law Forum' started by DOT, 19 December 2016.

  1. DOT

    DOT Member

    19 December 2016
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    My ex gave me 14K in the time we were together to pay off some debts. Now we've broken up, he's threatening to sue me if I don't give the money back. I never signed anything and at the time took it because I thought we had a future together and eventually would share the same bank account anyway.

    The whole time we were together, I cooked, cleaned, washed, and looked after his property and animals while he was away working during the week. I didn't sign anything to say I would repay the debt.

    He knows I cannot pay him back the whole lump sum. Do I legally have to give it back to him? It felt very uncomfortable at the time taking it but he nagged me until I caved.
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

    16 April 2014
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    If there was no understanding and arrangement that the money was to be loaned to you, then it's a gift. If he tried to sue you for it he would have to prove it was a loan that you agreed to and there were loan terms including an agreement to repay the money within a specified time and by specified means.

    How long were you together? Were you married? And how long have you been separated?
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  3. Emge

    Emge Active Member

    12 December 2016
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    Prima facie - no, you will not need to repay the money. I would not worry about it and call his bluff re taking legal action, he will be hard pressed to find a lawyer willing to take the case IMHO.

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