I attended the first appointment today in a financial remedy case where I am the applicant. The divorce was 20 years ago. The judge told me that in order for non marital assets to be considered I would have to establish need:
On paper our monthly incomes are the same though he is retired,(59) I am 57 and don't have a hope in hell of retiring any time soon.
Is this a need?
I have a zero hour contract because I had to be available for our daughter who suffered school anxiety.
Is this a need?
At the time of divorce we did not settle our finances. My ex kept all of what we had. He is disputing this. Now, after the first appointment can I ask that he produce bank statements from 20 years ago to prove we had not spent the money in question?
Alternatively how do I convince the judge that my version is the truth?
I think the disclosure would be based on the situation now, not 20 years ago.
Regular income includes income in retirement so the main item for resolution appears to be the pensions. Both your pensions would need to be disclosed. As financial matters were not resolved when you divorced, if you have no/minimal pension and he has pension income during retirement then this could show a need.
Last edit: 2 months 1 week ago by Vigorate. Reason: adjustment
Thanks. I'm not retired yet and as said little chance to retire at 59 as he did. My income is not secured as have a zero hour contract borne from my role as a mother. Doesn't my insecurity of income constitute a need as my income isn't regular?