Hello all and hope you're keeping well in these strange times.
I petitioned for divorce over 12 months ago,and finally received a response. The respondent is contesting and doing all she can to delay things.
I married her in Ukraine in 2016,and after two years finally managed to get her a spouse visa to come to the UK,which was very expensive. Three weeks after she arrived,she made a false allegation of domestic violence against me-a common ruse to circumvent UK visa laws and get free housing,benefits and legal aid. She also gets full immigration rights.
We only lived together in the UK 3 weeks-no joint finances,and she contributed zero to anything at any point.
She disappeared over 2 years ago now,but uses a forwarding address in the UK for correspondence. I have no idea where she is,but she clearly used me for a visa.
I have a pension and own property;will the facts of these circumstances be taken into account,including no joint financial commitments,her furtive and obviously dishonest behaviour and the fact we only lived together 3 weeks here?
The allegation was unfounded and I left the property voluntarily;I knew what she was doing. No charges against me,and I didn't go back or anywhere near her after that.
Any opinions on what she can get from me will be appreciated: she gets all her legal fees paid because she came here and claimed dv against me.
In a very short marriage with no children, the usual rule of thumb is that you each take out what you put in. Is is usually recommended that rather than giving money to lawyers, a small sum is offered - usually enough to cover say deposit and a few months rent.
Your matter may be complicated by questions surrounding immigration, rights to claim benefits and any guarantees you may have given etc. I dont think there would be any substantial claim unless of course there is a child /children involved.
I am afraid you may be right about this being a ruse to obtain entry to the UK.
Speak to the police explain it all to them, ensure you speak with someone from safeguarding - this is a must as most officers don't get that training. You can make an official statement or just let them have your record of things so if anything happens they can see that you have already informed them. Take someone with you if you go the house, and record everything from the moment you put the key in the door till you leave.