I saw my ex husband's pay slip over a year and a half ago, he earns about £3,000/monthly after taxes. He's a manager at Grant Thornton (financial services).
I've always had my suspicions that he's been hiding a property purchase from me.
When we were married, I gave him £10,000 from my savings over the years in the summer of 2013 which was intended for a deposit so we could buy a property together. He told me that he put this money in his savings account, and always kept telling me during our marriage that we would continue saving and put down a bigger deposit.
Obviously the marriage broke down, and this money was still in his possession.
During divorce proceedings, he later revealed that this money had been spent on the family's living expenses during the marriage due to his financial difficulties, and could not be returned back to me.
This made no sense to me because based on my ex's monthly earnings, and based on what the family's outgoings were (monthly rent, bills, groceries, miscellaneous expenses) his monthly salary would have sufficiently covered the monthly outgoings without him having to dip into the savings that were designated for the purpose of buying a property.
I suspect that he used my money to secretly purchase a property in his own name, which I am unaware of. We always lived in London during the course of the marriage. But he's originally from Manchester and all his family are there. I am very much suspicious that he could have easily bought a property in Manchester without me ever knowing anything about this. His parents live there, and every time we used to visit, he always had a tonne of post at their house. He hardly had any post sent to our London address.
It could be possible that anything mortgage related to his property was sent to his parents address.
I was advised that I would have to bring civil action against him if I wanted my £10,000 returned in small claims court.