Short marriage of 18 months, no children, both over 60, agreed at FDA no maintenance, no pension sharing and housing needs met. One of the remaining issues is ex moved into my property and during the short marriage we spent money on new bedroom furniture, decorating, some improvements etc about £10k, now he wants half the money back. I have agreed to give him half the increase in the equity over the period, but I am reluctant to give him half the expenditure on the house. It’s not expenditure I would have incurred, it was spent to make him feel comfortable in my home, he was responsible for most of the expenditure and it came out of our joint account. What will the court make of this, will they include an element of the expenditure in a financial settlement? FDR is in a few weeks.
Thanks for your quick response, these costs are only one of the issues, as I said I’ve offered him half the increase in the equity over the short period of marriage, which ended 2.5 years ago but he wants this to be calculated to date. since separation I have solely been responsible for the mortgage and upkeep, it has been my home for 20 years and only the MH for 18 months. He has his own home, bought from the sale proceeds of his former home when we got married. I would offer him any furniture he wanted but he doesn’t need it in his new home. I would be very grateful for your advice.