Do the courts take non matrimonial items into account these days? And would they play much part after a 13 year marriage (separated last 2 years)
I had a flat prior to marriage which we sold and bought a house together.
I also had a pension for 6 years prior to our marriage so is the full pension pot taken into account? As almost half of it was only accumulated during the marriage.
Excuse me if these questions are a little basic as I am new to all this and need as much help as I can find.
Warning Emotions coming out! To complicate matters the house we bought after selling my flat was also part gifted as an inheritance of sorts. This complicates things as there are emotional ties which I find hard to swallow. eg. I feel my ex wife is being set up for life now by my grandparents and everything they worked for, and I am being left with nothing. My gran would turn in her grave. Is inheritance also a factor in financial settlements?
I know how you feel. Basically everything you mention goes into the 'pot.'
Inheritances are a grey area. Inheritances should be disclosed and if the needs of both parties can be met from the other assets the inheritance might be alloted back to the person who inherited if the inheritance had been kept separate from the family assets, especially if the inheritance was recent.