Q: does my neighbor have to split the cost of a fence
If they agreed to the fence and intend to use it by eventually fencing in their property as well
A: If they agreed to the fence then it sounds like there is some kind of contract. So your question really is a contract question. If they just agreed to allow you to construct a fence, then there is no obligation to pay for it. You could argue unjust enrichment, but if they didn't do anything to make you think they would help finance the fence, then this decision was yours and you can't legally obligate them to pay for it.
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