I have separated from my husband and am currently still living in the family home, however, I am thinking of moving out. The house is in my husbands name only has he bought it 6 years before he met me. I moved in and helped him clear a lot of debts he had. I have always worked around him and around the children and he has always worked long hours. We have been married for 13 years and have two children aged 12 and 13 who he is supposed to have every other weekend but doesn't.
What I am wondering is - what I am entitled to if anything from the house if I move - any advise or experience of this kind of thing would be greatly appreciated.
You would be well advised to apply for registering a notice of matrimonial right on your home so it can't be sold without your agreement. Forms are downloadable from the Land Registry.
All your's, your husband's and joint assets go into the 'pot' and any debts deducted to reach the total amount to be shared. If there is a modest amount it will be shared according to need and the children's housing is a priority, although it isn't the only consideration. When there are enough assets to meet both parties need the emphasis moves away from need onto sharing in a long relationship. Co-habitation periods before marriage that are seamless count towards the overall length.
If you move out and are rehoused your needs could be considered less.