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Clare, Family Solicitor
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My wife and I have been married for 28 years. We have 2

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My wife and I have been married for 28 years.
We have 2 grown up daughters both married and left home.
We live in the house we both own with no mortgage just utility bills to pay.
My wife wants us to separate but will not sell our house.
If I move out and rent somewhere on my own do I still have to support her until I pass away ?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for your question

My name is Clare

I shall do my best to help you but I need some further informtaion first

How much is the house worth and what other assets are there?

What income do you each have?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Our house is worth approx £450,000 we have no other assets.
I receive a pension of about £12,000 s year. She has a part time job earning about £5,000 a year.
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

How much does a one bedroom property in the same general area cost to buy?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Basically all I want to know is if I move out and rent a place am I still responsible to support my wife all my life because we are married that's all.
Do I have to provide for her and keep her till I pass away ?Is that what I have to do all my life.?
That's all I want to know.Myles
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

How old are you both and could she earn more?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
We are both 61 years old.We do not want to divorce.Am I responsible for supporting her all my life ?
That's all I want to know.
Can you please answer that question.Thanks
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

Given the differences in your income you may well have a small ongoing spousal maintenance liability.

However it is very small and the fact that she is living in the matrimonial home whilst you have the expense of writing is likely to be sufficient to wipe it out

Please ask if you would like some further details

Clare and 2 other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
OK thanks very much for your help.Myles.
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

You are most welcome I hope all goes well

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