My lady friend divorced three years ago, after 24 years of marriage. The divorce took 3 months. Her husband was extremely wealthy. There was no disclosure, and she left with a guilt complex, pleased to accept whatever was offered. He is paying the mortgage on her very modest home, and providing an allowance of about £18,000 pa until she co-habits. In other words she is completely under his control. He has made vague promises to hand over her house when the family home worth about £1.5 million has sold, and she has accepted his integrity. He also owned a business worth about £5 million She is vague on everything that has happened, and does not understand the divorce laws, and is only now beginning to think she is insecure. Would she be able to get a fair settlement after just over 3 years. I do not know, but cannot believe that any of the financial arrangements were approved by a court, and cannot understand how divorce was completed without disclosure, considering the sums involved.
If there is no Consent Order and she has not remarried then she can acpply for financial settlement. Disclosure would be required by the court. Or she could discuss a better settlement with him, perhaps via moderators, and if they can agree they can go for s consent order. After 25 years the start point would be 50:50.