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Splitting up after less than a year married

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29 Aug 12 #352546 by sanmarco1910
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Hi all = looking for some advice please. I lived with my GF for 2 years before getting married. It was her home and her mortgage. She was already in debt management which I didnt know about when we got together.

We got married and things went wrong and after 2 months I moved out of the home to my own rented place.

I am seeking a divorce but have to wait 12 months.

She now is going bankrupt and selling her property as she cannot now afford the mortgage.

She saying that i am responsible for it and her debt as we were married - can anyone tell me if this is right?

Am I responsible for her debt even though we were married for a short time? When we lived together I paid a fixed amount every month which equated to half of everything spent in the house.

Your help appreciated thank you

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29 Aug 12 #352547 by Bobbinalong
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sanmarco, you will be pleased to know your not going to be responsible for anything, based on what you have said, walk away and get divorced after the 12 months.
She can tell you she wants this that and the other but it wont happen.
It might have been her plan for a longer marriage hence you not knowing.
Make sure she has no access to any finaces of yours, infact anything.

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29 Aug 12 #352578 by sanmarco1910
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Hi - thanks - I wasn''t aware that she had fifty k of debt nor her house was interest only mortgage which se couldn''t afford to pay after I left - could ah still get at any pension I have ? She was working full time but had no pension?

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29 Aug 12 #352587 by Bobbinalong
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she wont have a claim on your pension mate, forget it, walk away let her rant, she was hoping for £25K out of you minimum...

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29 Aug 12 #352593 by sanmarco1910
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Hiya thanks for your reply. I think I will just serve the papers when the twelve months are up and see what happens.

It''s always a concern of course however I just can''t see how I can be responsible for her debt when it''s in her name and was accrued before I even met her

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29 Aug 12 #352667 by Bobbinalong
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shouldnt be a problem but just make sure it is documented when you separated

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