Thankyou all for your comments....
Neither of us have a pension....
I know that my x2b has a shorter 'working life' left than myself.... and I have no problem at all working to maximise my earning potential... as it is, I work two jobs now.
Nevertheless.... there is no way in this world that I could ever match my x2b's earning potential..
I DID have a very good job up until about 8 years ago... but unfortunately I was involved in a car accident that left me unable to work for a year... and now my 'concentration span' isn't perhaps what it once was... so I am working in two relatively low paid jobs but I am quite willing to work as many hours as I need to in order not to 'rely' on my x2b.
Kindest regards to all
I would answer your question by saying that it would most certainly be worth your while to investigate the possibility of spousal maintenance. It is possible that your assets would have a bearing on it - you don't say what they are - and the fact that it is a short marriage would not help, but even so there is a clear possibility, I think, of an award in your favour, even for a limited period to help you adjust.
Thanks Mike, I start mediation tomorrow, our case is not a 'needs' case to my knowledge.
My situation: My house is worth around £550k (yeah, I know - London!) And it's mortgage free, and my son is eighteen. (Left school, non resident).
I met my husband and moved into 'his' house two years ago.
(Also mortgage free at £820k) Yeah, big sums here! (He'd inherited!)
We only mnarried this January (07) !... then he woke up in July (just six months later) and announced he wanted a divorce. (Without reason).
He saw a sol, who wrote to me stating she was starting divorce proceedings and ancillary relief, even though I wanted to get my husband help (because I think he's having a breakdown), and she's being premature, because they can't legally apply until Jan 08.
Normally in short-term marriage, each is just re-instated from where they came.... BUT: (and here's my problem):
During my two years with my husband, I worked with him un-paid for the first 18 months. I also went into business to sell his land and house to property developers. I pushed the price to £1.5m earning him £600,000 in two years of clever negotiations.
And just as we were due to seal-the-deal, he called divorce! Citing that my name wasn't on his deeds!And I feel he's trying to embezzle me of the profits I'd earned.
So, I was going to overlook alimony, pensions (his), savings (his) and other investments, shares etc, and just make a claim for what I had done, backdated work, and a 50% split of the profit as a balancing settlement.
I've undertaken a lot of work here, totally refurbishing, running two other businesses with him etc.
Am I being reasonable in my claim against the profit? (around £300k)?