I am the applicant on the grounds of adultery and have now separated from my wife. I am nearly 63 years of age and my wife is 50.
After we agreed to split/divorce, but 2 weeks before I took a tenancy of a flat and left the matrimonial home, a 2nd cousin of mine died unexpectedly.
I am one of 5 beneficiaries and it looks, although probabte has not yet been obtained, that I will inherit a reasonable sum.
To what extent would my wife have a claim on this inheritance?
As my wife is remaining in the matrimonila home (a property I bought before we met) and although she will have to balance this with the settlement, I will, if I wish to buy a property, have to take out a mortgage (which she will not have to do) unless I can hold on to a substantial part of the inheritance.
At 63 years of age I an loathe to have the burden of a new mortgage round my neck.
Your forum has a number of differing opinions on the rights to inheritance and any clarification would be helpful.
The law on inheritance as an asset in the financial proceedings when getting divorced is pretty much a grey area.
What you need to do really is put everything you currently own between yourselves and split the pot 50/50, this is just the starting point.
You are 63 and she is 50, your future work prospects are far less than your spouses, and that will be taken into account, unless she has an illness that prevents her from being employed.
You need to post some more information to get a better understanding of your future financial position
Where is the Divorce taking place England & Wales or Scotland
How long living together prior to marriage
How long Married
Any Children Under 18
Is it possible that you could both 'Downsize'
Is the inheritance significant
Have either of you got private/company pensions
What earning capacity you both currently have
What is your future earning capacity
Post up some more information and people on here can give you a better idea of how you will stand, although nothing is clear cut