My solicitor says that I have a right to keep a savings fund that I started when single.
It''s in my Maiden Name, was approx £8k when I married, he contributed no more than £1500. I later cashed in an old endowment (also pre-marriage pot) and added that, with interest it''s now worth approx £22k. She says it''s mine, period. Any thoughts ?
9 years is NOT a long marriage. Are there any children?
If there are not then it is question of whether or not the savings are needed to meet housing needs for you each as single people - ie a one bed property. If you can both be housed (with mortgage - which depends on income) from the available equity then you may well be able to hang on to the money. It might be polite (!) to give him back his contribution to it though.
Bear in mind that if you cannot agree, you could easily spend all your savings on legal fees so if its gets sticky, it may be best to chuck all or some into the pot so at least you get part of the benefit rather than funding someone else''s next holiday in the Caribbean .