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If you do suspect that your husband has remarried another woman then it is important that you report this to the police so that they can investigate as bigamy is an offence.
In respect of the matrimonial finances, with such a long marriage as yours, if either of you decided to divorce then the starting point for the division of the assets is equality. A claim in respect of the matrimonial finances can only be made when divorce proceedings have been issued.
The court considers the following criteria when deciding the matrimonial finances and whether to depart from equality:
The income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, including in the case of earning capacity any increase in that capacity which it would, in the opinion of the Court, be reasonable to expect a party to the marriage to take steps to acquire;The financial needs, obligations and responsibilities which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;The standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage;The age of each party to the marriage and the duration of the marriage;Any physical or mental disability of either of the parties to the marriage;The contributions which each of the parties has made or is likely in the foreseeable future to make to the welfare of the family, including any contribution by looking after the home or caring for the family;The conduct of each of the parties, if that conduct is such that it would, in the opinion of the Court, be inequitable to disregard it;In the case of proceedings for divorce or nullity of marriage, the value to each of the parties to the marriage of any benefit which, by reason of the dissolution or annulment of the marriage, that party will lose the chance of acquiring (e.g. a right to your husband’s pensions).
The matrimonial assets does include the assets for both of you and therefore will inlcude the additional property that you have. Perhaps your husband may be agreeable to the additional house being left for the benefit of your children and grandchildren. If he wont then the court would have to decide. I note that you purchaed this property from your inheritance. It is possible for a court to 'ring fence' someones inheritance if there is sufficent other assets to meet needs. There is about £320k equity in your home. The court would likely order this to be sold so that the equity can be realised. If £160k was not sufficent to meet your husbands needs including his housing needs then a court may order him a larger share if it was going to 'ring fence' the property that you had purchased from your inheritance.
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