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My ex-boyfriend and I contributed to our household based on our salaries. I’m now owed $23K in back pay. Do I pay him back?


Dear Moneyist,

Recently, I was notified by my employer of 5 years that my initial salary placement was incorrect, and I am due a fairly large amount of retroactive pay. After taxes it comes to about $23,000.

About a year ago, I ended a long-term relationship wherein my former partner — who I was not married to or in a legal domestic partnership with — and I split up our rent and home-related finances on a pro-rata basis.

He made slightly more money than I did (at that time), so he contributed about $150 a month more than I did to this joint account. We had agreed to this arrangement for 4 years of our relationship before parting ways. I’ve done the math…


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