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Hello, My ex and I have our house up for sale and the proceeds

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Hello,

My ex and I have our house up for sale and the proceeds are to be split 50/50 as part of our divorce through a Consent Order. We are still living there in seperate rooms till the sale.

The problem is although I will have money when the sale is completed, I will have nowhere to live as I do not work and cannot borrow money from elsewhere. The money from the sale will not arrive in my account until the actual day of the sale.

I do not know which way to turn, as I dont know whether the DSS would help me for an interim period, or whether indeed I would be able to rent somewhere when the money eventually comes through as I dont work?

Kind Regards

Gina
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
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Thanks for using JustAnswer. My name is Claire, I will do whatever I can to answer your question
Have contracts been exchanged?
What benefits do you receive?
How much will you receive in settlement?
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The house is up for sale. We do not have a buyer yet, but people are visiting.


I dont receive any benefits and have been living off my ex.


 


I will receive about £65,000


 


Gina

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Have you enquired what benefits you might be eligible for?
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi,

The question is I wont qualify for benefits because when I get the house sale money I will have too much.

I need to know what I can do in the interim period as I am going to find myself on the street. I also need enough money to tie myself over and where am I going to put my possessions?

Kind Regards

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
You may in fact be eligible for benefits NOW.
If you are this gives you access to options that will assist you in rehousing yourself even if you are no longer eleigible for those benefits afterwards.
Is your ex paying you maintenance under the Order - if so how much is he paying you
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


There is no maintenance as he dosen't earn enough money to do so. I have no income whatsover. We are barely surviving and the only money is is the sale of the house.


 


Gina

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
So you are living separately in the house and he is paying you no maintenance - have you actually applied for any benefits?
How old are you and have you ever worked in the past?
Claire
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


I have never really worked, not for more than a few weeks before we married in 1988... and have never claimed any benefits. I am 51 years of age now.


 


I wouldn't even know who to approach about benefits. Surely once I get the money I wont be entitled to anything anyway?


 


I dont even know whether I would be able to find somewhere to rent without a job?


 


Regards


 


Gina

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
May I ask if you had separate legal advice during the divorce proceedings?
Claire

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