Since my split with ex husband 2 years ago I have been living in private rented accommodation but have been on the council’s housing register. I have finally been offered a council home (and tiny and grotty though it is) I am considering accepting this offer as it is considerably less a month than I am paying now and a lot nearer to my children’s school.
I am concerned that this may affect my claim for ancillary relief, first appointment is scheduled for 9th April 2008. I am claiming for half the value of the FMH plus half the marital debts. However will the fact that I will be living in council property negatively affect this claim, leading the judge to think that my need is less now I have a council home or will my current housing not affect my claim?
Also currently I am just about breaking even every month with regards to rent and household bills however if I take the council house I will be about £200 a month better off, will the judge decide that I should continue to manage the debts alone?