Hi - I have read the police pension thread above and some of it has been very useful. However, not found anyone is same situation as ours.
My partner is currently trying to divorce his ex. It was a second marriage and they were married for 4 years. Both have grown up children from previous marriages but he still pays maintenance to his first ex wife for one child in full time education. He is due to retire in 4 years on Inspectors pension. He has a property with about £20,000 equity in that he has owned for many years and rents out to cover the mortgage.
She has a decent job with income of around £2000 per month. When they were married she brought a house which they lived in until they split up - it has about £70,000 equity in and is currently rented out.
She seems to think that she can make a claim on his pension and house, and that he will have to pay both hers and his legal fees if she goes down the legal route.
This cannot be right?! Surely if she was able to make claims on his pension he would therefore be able to on her house?
Thank you for any advice you might be able to give.
Thanks Ian, but if she made a claim on his pension couldn''t he on the house that they lived in (as said before it was purchased in her name only when they were married and has about £70k equity in it).
How would you work an approx figure for value of pension per year?
Well I think that if she wants to make a claim on his pension then from an equitable point of view why would not a court say he has a claim on her equity?
Also is there an age difference and does she not have any pension?
Also in family proceedings both parties generally pay their own legal costs (unless they self represent)
I think going the court route under the circumstances would be expensive and madness. I do hope he can try and get her to get a Consent Order for a Clean Break presumably both parties are getting rental income as well as other income.
Why waste income on expensive legal bills, they have to be paid up front which makes it even more punative.