i've read (most) of your posts with interest but apologies if someone has already asked this. My partner and his wife pretty much only have debts to divide yet she has still decided to begin court proceedings. we thought she would try and lumber joint debts onto my partner but his solicitor has now mentioned she might claim maintenance, possibly backdated. she chose to end the marriage but my OH agreed to her citing adultery in the divorce as we were told this would be quicker. she is living with a new partner and his kids. there were no children in the marriage which lasted around 6 years. my OH has a good pension and salary and savings, which are gradually dwindling on legal fees. she gave up studying a year ago as was too stressed and has not worked since. my OH paid the mortgage since their seperation until the house sold a few months ago. surely that is all the maintenance she is entitled too when she could just get a job and is being supported by her new partner anyway?? Naturally she is on legal aid
If she has decided to go through the courts then there's not a lot you can do about it. But the court won't be very impressed if all they're arguing over is some debt. Your partner needs to be squeaky clean in court so he should fill in the paperwork on time, make sensible financial settlement offers and generally do exactly what the court asks.