After only six months of marriage, my husband wants a divorce! I am devastated.
We're both in our late forties (no kids), professional, and we both have our own homes.
I moved in to his two years ago, (practicalities with his business here):
We intended to sell up both homes, and buy together.
I've worked for him un-paid for the first 18 months, doing everything for the 'greater good of us'. I have scrimped to make savings towards our new home. I have spent two years renovating his house, and have spent a year in negotiations with property-developers, because his house sits on an acre of land. Just as we are about to agree a sale, I have played the developers off against each other, and raised the price by a massive £300,000 (three-hundred thousand).
My husband didn't want a divorce before I'd struck that deal. His name is on the deeds of our marital home, but I think he intends to just walk, (citing 'short term marriage') and pocket the massive profits from my efforts.
Where do I stand in securing a settlement short term?
Speak to a solicitor (Resolution accredited etc). This is a short marriage and, at the very least, theory you should be entitled to take out whatever you put in (in terms of your capital expenditure etc), with perhaps a bit of rehabiliative maintenance (depending on your your own earnings and his ability to pay).
The period of premarital cohabitation will strengthen your bargaining position as it effectively lenghtens the marriage. If I were him, I'd investigate the possibility of raising a modest lump sum to pay you on a Clean Break basis, in order to get you out of the house.
Your solicitor will advise you that, notwistanding the fact that the house is in his name, he is not able to exclude you from your home without the benefit of either a court order or your agreement.
could I just say have you enterd an interest with the land registry or are these the forms that you are on about.
If you enter an interest you will be informed of any imopending sale on the property. If you havent please do so, you split does not sound to be friendly and I would advise anyone in the same position to do the same, it is free and at least you will get to know if things are going on behind your back and a sale can be staid while legal issues are resolved
I downloaded forms called 'matrimonial home rights application'. (paid 45.00 on'line).
Basically this registers with the land registry that the property is under dispute. I'm not asking for his house, or land. But I am asking for the split of the profits earned by me, within the marriage.
Hi there Sera
Have you kept every receipt that you have made payment of< Keep a book and write everything down with the verifying receipt attached to the page<> Did you sell you house to finance the new build? if so can you prove this< it may have been a short marriage but financially you have to prove what you put in and if what I read is correct you financed a hellava lot> Print off your bank statements also all this info with a good solicitor may make him think twice if you have solid proof of your imput into this home>
Good luck with everything
I had a consultation with a solicitor, and learnt that I have made a ‘substantial contribution’, through time, energy and effort, project management etc; as well as financial.
I can prove a ‘substantial contribution’ to the increase in profits. (Both to his business interests and property).
Despite that he cites the 'Short Marriage' clause; a court would recognize all of the above; I can refer to this as having made an ‘EXCEPTIONAL ENDEAVOR’ to increase the value of property both before the marriage, and during the marriage. The role I have played will not be ignored.
So, now I can sleep at night! ...on my own, that is!