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Is there ever more than a 40/60 split awarded?

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11 Feb 08 #13568 by Ladybird22
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Has anyone ever heard of more than a 40/60 split? Do they ever award 30/70, 20/80 or the whole damn lot! (hoping for miracle).


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11 Feb 08 #13571 by mike62
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Short answer - Yes
So many factors involved, length of marriage, age of kids, wife's ability to work, earnings capacity of wife vs husband, value of an equity in Family Home.

Uncommon to see 90:10, but 70:30 not uncommon


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11 Feb 08 #13577 by peteringout
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Really, 70:30!! How does it work then. Is the pension split based on its value at the time of separation or divorce? Does it still accrue in value for the ex after divorce until you actually claim it yourself on retirement?


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11 Feb 08 #13581 by DownButNotOut
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It actually depends what you mean by 60:40 or 70:30.

In my case my ex got 100% of the realisable assets
(i.e. a house plus contents plus car worth several hundred thousand pounds).

And I got left with 40K in marital debts.


I got to keep 150k pension (however a pension is not worth the same pound for pound as a house as you cannot cash it in. So my 150K CETV pension is perhaps worth only 75K cash)

I also got to keep my future income....i.e. I avoided SM liability which could have been perhaps 20k per year for life.

So in Clean Break cases one party could very well get awarded 100% of assets as a clean break.

It all depends on individual circumstances.

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11 Feb 08 #13583 by Ladybird22
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Thanks Mike, that is very interesting and reassuring.

Ladybird :)

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22 Feb 08 #14769 by Emalou33
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I am interested in an answer to this as well as my solicitor (locally very well respected, senior partner and divorce specialist) that I might get the whole house plus an improved maintenance figure - H currently living in rented flat and wants 30% of house and to give me £500/month. He earns £55K plus £8.5K car allowance plus 20% annual bonus, I earn £31K, and he will not pay for any extra bits for daughter including giving her no spending money to spend a week in a tent in Wales with me whilst he flew out to Bulgaria with his new girlfriend for a week!! Bitter? Me? No surely not!!!

My worry is spending all this money on courts etc and getting close to what we could have agreed anyway...

Did get divorce costs awarded in my favour this week tho so one good thing to come out of it


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22 Feb 08 #14795 by Elle
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gettin awarded costs and gettin them are two entirely separate issues....legal aid playing a factor as well as xs attitude....costs awarded to me in 2004 and separate ones in 2006 are being disputed by my x to delay my divorce....sorry to hit you with this...just wanted to warn you

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