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What are the property values?
What savings and other assets?
If she sells the properties and you are only interested in the value, why are you worried if she sells them?
Why didn’t you arrange a trust in respect of your input?
Why are they not in joint names?
Thank you. In which case, Iwouldn't be too worried about her selling the houses off if you are onlyinterested in the value and not the bricks and mortar although I would get yoursolicitor to register a matrimonial home right on the matrimonial home toprevent her trying to do the same with that.
You fortunately, you have apaper trail all the money you paid and even though these properties are not injoint names the way they have been dealt with, you paying the deposit and doingthe work etc certainly would appear to mean that they were and were meant to bematrimonial assets. In that respect, you have just as much claim on them as ifthey were in joint names.
For the purposes of thefinancial split of your divorce, it is a case of lumping all the assets of youboth together and then dividing them.
You have no children so it ispurely the finances between the two of you which are to be resolved.
If you put the value ofeverything in the pot, then after a longish marriage (10 years or so, you donot say how long you will have been married or how long you have been together)and everything is likely to be divided 50-50.
That would include all thematrimonial assets, houses, matrimonial home, savings and her pension, and anypension that you have. She may want to keep all her pension and would trade offsome of the other assets.
She can be made to accountfor all the sale proceeds of the houses and this will be taken into account. Itwould certainly save you the problem of waiting for the houses to be sold inorder to divide the proceeds and it would avoid you having one property and herhaving the other etc.
There is a possibility of aliability for spousal maintenance, maintenance paid to keep a spouse , asopposed to children. Although most commonly paid from husband to wife, that isnot necessarily the case. Spousal maintenance is based on both incomes, abilityto earn money, previous lifestyles and most importantly, need. It is not aboutequalising incomes. There is no exact formula, but these links will give somereading..
As you will probablygathered, this is not a do it yourself job although there is no legal reasonwhy you cannot do it yourself.
You should try to resolvematters using family mediation http://www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk/find-service.php
Although it is quicker and lessconfrontational than court it isnt necessarily cheaper
If she attempts to stop contact then you need to try and discussmatters with her using. If this fails then you are faced with court.
Do try to resolve the financialissues between you because power of solicitors arguing will cost £500 per hourand that soon gobbles up massive chunks of what you are arguing over generally,costs are not awarded to the parties arguing over money.
There is no legal aid for this.
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She willstill have to account for the money even to the extent of producing bankstatements and completion statement for the sale and if she has spent the moneygambled it drunk it away then you would be getting a larger part or even all ofthe matrimonial home and any other assets.
If youwish, you could always apply for a freezing order to prevent the sales if youthought that the was not going to be enough value in any remaining assets thatshe was going to do a runner into the distance with everything. It is mostcertainly not a do it yourself job and you would be well advised to sit downwith a solicitor who can take detailed instructions (far more detailed than wecan on here) and advise you in depth