My .02¢ on the $12,000...that'* well more than what small claims courts would award (at least courts not in
) But since you have it in writing you should get at least the maximum the court would award (probably $4,000-5,000), if you choose to go to court. You have a 'better' chance of her paying if you go to court, but you'll have to decide if keeping ties with her any longer is what you want to do. As far as getting appliances and furniture and that sort of thing figured out, I'd just give her what she wanted/what was hers. Tell her to pick it up by a certain date or off to ebay it goes. Judges don't really like dealing with items like that purchased jointly when in unmarried relationships, at least if both parties are fighting over certain items, who paid for what, etc., etc.
My ex 4 years ago owed me around $1000, but she never signed something that said she owed me. She also defamed my character all over my college campus. I could have brought her to court over that alone
, but I didn't even want to deal with her anymore, so I let it go.
My ex last year wouldn't give me my DVD player back, so I told her I'd sell stuff of hers I had if she didn't give it back by a certain date. And sure enough I've sold it
Good luck Mike! Take care, and I'll get you your new sig ASAP!