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13 Aug 07 #1970 by markp
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my wife left me and my 10 year old son in the marital home. she is co-habiting with her new partner in a 1 bed flat. my earnings are about 4 times hers. i work full time and she works part time, also her new partner will not work and expects her to keep him. will i have to pay her maintenance.

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15 Aug 07 #2023 by gone1
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I have to make some assumptions as you have not said how long you have been married. I must assume you have a 10 plus marraige under your belt. This is based on that assumption. 10 years is a long marriage and its likely that you will have to pay SM for her to "adjust" to her new life. In your favour is that your son is living with you. What I reckon will happen is that one will cancel out the other. Thats just a guess mind.

I think your real problem is rehearsing your f*** off line when she turns up on your door wanting to get back with you. This bloke sounds like a total looser and she will find that out soon enough when the sex gets boring. Sorry to be so blunt mate.

Seeing as you have a son I would see a solicitor. You dont say if you have any assets or what is happening about them. Best I can do with what U gave me. Chris.

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15 Aug 07 #2026 by markp
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you are right we was married 10 years, already been down road of her asking to come back. she had been gone about 4 months before she got the flat and was living with new bloke and some of his friends, the flat is in her name as he is banned from having one as he wrecked one before and owes about £3000 for the damage. the only assets are the marrital home valued at £80'000 with a £30,000 mortgage on it and my works pension that was frozen about a year ago when i was made redundant. hope that gives a better picture

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16 Aug 07 #2037 by gone1
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I agree. Thats provided that the judge accepts that she is cohabiting. If she ticks the box on the form E then you are home and dry. I would contact the CSA as you are looking after a child. Chris

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16 Aug 07 #2071 by jasmine
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I had been married for 18 years. Husband left for new partner. Tried to get absolute without doing finance. Whilst I had legal aid tried to come to amicable agreement through voluntary exchange of form E. He refused mediation to settle matters.legal aid stopped.Filed at court myself form a. This made him discuss finance since leaving family home. He does not want to go to court. He is paying 20 of salary child maintenance. No mortgage. I work 18hrs and have tax credits plus salary. We have agreed I have the house he has the endownment policies. No pension sharing. Would i be eligable for maintenance.
He is not in a position to support two families. But has redirected the money he was paying me to new partner.
Do not have money for solicitor. Am I right that court proceedings now can only be stopped with a court order.
He threatened to set fire to the house if he finds out that he is entitled to more.
He will not answer questions relating to new partners finance. She has been divorced twice has children by two different fathers and committed bigamy. So I suspect she has more income than she has lead him to believe. He believes he is the knight in shining armour

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