Can anybody tell me when does a non matrimonial home become a matrimonial home? How many years into a marriage. My house was mortguage free when i married in 2005 we split up 4 years later. Hope somebody can help
With a short childless marriage the usual starting point is each party takes away what they brought to the marriage. However, the duration of the marriage is only one factor, there are others in s25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 that have to be considered and the needs of one party, particularly if there are children, may trump over a short marriage.
A home becomes a marital home as soon as a married couple live in it, even for one day. I would expect to receive a home rights registration from your ex in the near future, if you haven''t already. However as Fiona says that does not necessarily mean your ex is entitled to 50% or even anything from it. The figures depend on many factors.