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I am sorry to hear what is happening with your in laws. They do not by law have a right to demand payments from you or to threaten you. Legally if they are threatening you, this is a criminal matter for which you may report to the police for them to pursue.
In relation to the in laws, the only legal right to the property is based on whose name appears on the deed. As such, if their names are ***** ***** the deed they do not have a legal right to it. Properties acquired during a marriage is usually divided equally between spouses. You may therefore argue a 50/50 equal share I. The division of this asset.
the above being said however persons can ask for the court to move away from this split depending on the circumstances of each case. For example, in this situation, your spouse could argue that he/she would have made the initial contribution for purchase. This is a factor that could be considered. You however could counter this argument based on any contribution you made towards the mortgage solely over the years.
To be quite frank, situations such as these usually get very litigious. As such, it is recommended that you resolve this amicably. However, unless there was a written agreement with the parents, they are unlikely to be able to feature in your separation discussions or court matter,
If it is that it was agreed to be a loan, then in those circumstances they could ask for their money back. It would however be a joint obligation between you and your spouse and not a personal liability that would be for you alone to pay.
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