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Financial Settlement after 8 years divorced?

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4 months 2 weeks ago #511802 by aisling12
Hi all,

I'm in great need of assistance.

Approximately 8 years ago my ex-husband got a divorce granted online; he forged my signature. The relationship was not great to be honest and I suffered a lot from emotional domestic abuse and control. The damage left me in a position whereby I didn't feel like I deserved a settlement. We were in Australia at the time (4 year Visa, assets in the UK as we lived in Leeds and were married in U.K. too) and during the divorce etc he removed me and my son from his visa meaning I had to leave the country and my two other beautiful children. I got my daughter back 3 years ago after 3 years without her (he would never keep up with Skype and it was devastating to be honest but I got her back because he was 'emotionally abusive' to her (apparently she's just like me). He also never allowed me to see them or visit my kids and insisted my children call his new wife Mummy - they got yelled at or slapped if they didn't adhere to this :(
I am now in a much better position and after being left with nothing I got my PGDE and am currently doing a masters in Psychology. I am also not afraid of him anymore and so think the time has come to seek a financial settlement. We bought a house 6 months after our daughter was born (in his name) and lived there for 2 years before moving to Dubai for work (he worked as I had our son) after-which we moved to Australia. We were together a total of 6 years. Now I've never had any settlement and he was on over £100,000 (tax free in Dubai) nor have I ever seen my old home (I've checked and it hasn't been sold - it was rented before we left the U.K.). I'm also not in a fab financial position although that will change as I progress through my career but I am definitely concerned about fees to get a financial settlement? He is still in Australia but was back in the UK with his company 4 years ago working and works for a UK company in Australia. Any advice would be highly appreciated. Thank you

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