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03 Jul 12 #340910 by Margot123
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Looks like I am going to have to declare it then....thank you very much for your replies, I had no intention to give him anything else....we have agreed that all he would get.

But of course the procedure hasn’t started yet...It is amicable for now but I realise it could get nasty.

Thank you again

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03 Jul 12 #340915 by sillywoman
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If your dad is still living in the house, get him to leave it to your son, bypassing your totally.

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03 Jul 12 #340921 by Margot123
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It sounds like a fantastic idea!!!...and I shall discuss it with my dad...the only concern is, would that affect my "inheritance", what I mean is that my mother gave her house to my brother - we each have a house - so if my dad house bypasses me, it may have an incidence on the inheritance (i.e. my brother gets something and I don''t)...but I would much much rather have nothing and my son everything rather than my ex getting a brick/penny from that house. However, french law is just like here...not necessarily "logical" :)

But I will defo look into that, if it''s possible that would be absolutely wonderful!!!

Thank you very much

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03 Jul 12 #340922 by sillywoman
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If divorce finances sorted before your father dies, then he can change his wishes back to you!!!

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03 Jul 12 #340923 by Margot123
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Even better :)... although my dad always complains that he is getting old and tired, I think there are still a few good years left in him!! :laugh:

However I wouldn’t care so much if it stayed with my son...

Tears have dried out for now...a little hope is on the horizon...Thank you very much :)

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03 Jul 12 #340925 by Fiona
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Honesty is the best policy. Not disclosing and making any significant changes at this point can seriously backfire and cost a fortune in sanctions and penalties. IF assets are disposed of the courts may deduce the disposal was to reduce your husband''s claims and either set aside the disposal or add the value back to the matrimonial "pot" before sharing.

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03 Jul 12 #340928 by Margot123
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Okay, very fair point....

What if my ex and I agree that it should not be taken into account? Would the court still enforce a share? Baring in mind that it would take away our son’s inheritance (it is stated very clearly in the paperwork that the house should not go to anyone else but my son upon my death).

I guess, what I am asking, and that would go for any financial arrangements, not only the house abroad I guess, if you are in agreement with what we want, could the court order us do something even if we don’t want to?

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