My soon to be Ex-wife and I got married in Finland and I filed for divorce there. While we were married we lived in Sweden and for over a year I was unemployed. During that time she was the breadwinner. She paid for food necessities, etc. Now for the better part of a year since we separated she claims that I am obligated to pay her back for basically "supporting" the both of us during our marriage. She wrote up an invoice for the "debts owed" but I ever signed anything legally stating that I would pay back this amount that she has come up with. She hasn't provided any statements or receipts claiming that the money spent was solely for myself. I have nothing of value that I own that was purchased by her so most of this is hearsay. The only things I have in debt to her is the 1st fee for filing for the divorce which she paid because we had to file in finland and I wanted it, and a ticket that I got while living in sweden. These are things solely tied to me so I feel they are the only things I feel need to be responsible to pay her back for which should total to about 300 dollars. She is now claiming to go to small claims in order to have me back her back this money or at least monthly but I was told unless she can provide some kind of evidence that the amount she claims that I owe was used solely for my benefit that I don't owe her a dime or things that we both used like trips we both went on, food, living expenses and necessities.
1 Answer from Attorneys
The applicable divorce laws of Finland should most likely determine
what you may owe or don't owe to your former spouse in the situation described.
It is unlikely (in my opinion) that a Virginia small claims
court would deem it proper to become jurisdictionally involved in a claim that either was (or should've been) adjudicated by a divorce court of the sovereign state of Finland.