Hi, just wondered if anyone can help?
I am divorcing my husband due to quite severe domestic violence.
The Decree Nisi was issued last week but we have yet to sort out finances.
Situation is this, we jointly own a house here and one abroad, total equity is about £182,000 - but there are debts of about £50k.
At the moment the total mortgage, loan, debt repayments = £2220 per month.
I have two children for which he has just started paying £400 a month via csa.
I am struggling to pay everything and he wont pay a penny - will this go against him when a final split is made? i am currently in the fh with children.
It will count against him, but probably not as much as you would like.
You can apply to the court for ancillary relief for yourself called spousal maintenance.
Money can be backdated to the date of the nisi.
Apply for legal aid. I'm unsure of the cut off point but your share of the property will be counted towards your assets in whcih case you could use it as collateral for the legal aid. It might not sound good but if you're in a real fix now then you need to take action now.
If you are struggling to make ends meet there is the possibility of applying for 'maintenance pending suit' whilst the finances are being settled. This can add to costs and sometimes it is just as quick to press ahead with the final settlement.