I want to write about experiences with my FDR meeting I had the other day. Whilst the news is still sinking in but there is so little information about it on here and want to let people here know as to what happened.
Cohabitation: contentious point whilst we did live together a few years before we got married, it was circumstantial in the reasons why he moved in and I was working away from the home a lot
Married: 3.5 years
I had purchased a property way before meeting my ex and whilst he lived in there for a few years paying me rent, Id remortgaged and we purchased the FMH before we got married with the help with some inheritance. It was purchased as tenants in common with a Deed of Trust in place.
My barrister at the FDA managed to get the judge to get us to write a S25 statement early for the FDR rather than awaiting for the final hearing in order to clarify contributions, Deed of Trust and cohabitation
Whilst we both had solicitor's to assist us doing this, my STBX was like a pile of dogs dinner.
At the FDR: the Judge concluded that it could be potentially a short marriage and this is a contributions case where I had made far in excess of my STBX. The Judge did elude that if it was a short marriage then the Deed of Trust would hold.
In the end, we managed to negotiate finally (as his first offer was requesting nearly 60% of all assets when he actually came into the relationship with debt) with the Deed of trust value he was entitled to have plus a little bit more which my solicitors classified as a nuisance payment.
Ultimately I was happy as I can finally start my life again after nearly 2 years of emotional draining fighting via solicitors and well my STBX ignoring to respond to letters etc.