Wonder if someone could offer me some advice over settlement.
Me and my stbx have been married for 3 years but cohabited for 6 yrs
The facts are
House is in my sole name and I have always paid the mortgage I owned the house before we met for approximately 2 years.
I have always paid all household bills including for the last 3 years his child maintance for his son from a previous marriage.
He bought in to the marriage around £30,000 pounds which is in an Isa in my name one in his and the remaining in a joint savings. He also had two policy''s that matured during the marriage of around £8500 which has been spent on holidays and some home improvements. He also has a small pension policy that is valued at around £30,000
No children during the marriage. My stbx has moved out and handed his key back.
I have a decent wage my stbx has his own business
Can anyone advise on what sort of settlement I would be looking at?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated as would like to keep legal costs down to a minimum
Also is it possible to file for divorce without finance being agreed by using the online wiki service? Also will the divorce go through even if we have not agreed finance?
Welcome to wiki but sorry you find yourself here.
I''ll try and answer some of your questions as best I can.
There are 3 parts to the divorce Decree Nisi/Decree Absolute and Concent Order. It is quite normal for the Nisi to be granted before the concent order, the Absolute always comes after the Nisi. It is usual to delay the Absolute until the financial side of things (Concent order) is signed, but this is not set in stone.
Your marriage even with co-habitation is on the short side. Usually in short marriages particularly where there are no children the starting point is that you take out what you put in.
Have you any idea what he wants in terms of settlement?
How much equity is there in the property?
Assuming the house does not have huge equity, the assets don''t seem massive when compared to how much it would cost to fight it out with solicitors.
Could you afford to give him his savings back and leave his pension, in exchange for not seeking anything from your property.