If a couple live together for 17 years, have children, but DO NOT marry, what guidelines exist for division of assets when the relationship ends e.g. if A buys the property and is the sole name on the property deeds and has been the only one to pay the mortgage, does B have any rights to the property or A's business if B was not involved in it? In this case, A is the mother. Also, is there any time limit for B to make a claim (in this case, 6 years have elapsed since the relationship ended). A was the breadwinner throughout the relationship.
Optional Information: System of Law: England-and-WalesAlready Tried: Solicitor but would like 2nd opinion
Detail Required: HIGH; Urgency: HIGH
Thanks, that is quite clear.
There were a few typos (but given you typed this at an unearthly hour, I understand why.
If I wanted access to an expert for related questions in this field, where would I look with confidence?
I think I am looking for a family law expert (solicitor or barrister) who I could contact direct via email so that I can provide the complete background so as to remove any uncertainty and to then advise on best steps to take to create 'firewalls' between the ex-partner and assets he might be tempted to grab or claim
I thought more than once about whether to answer your question (about why I would recommend a firewall but decided in the spirit of feedback about your profession I would. My confidence in your answer (and my cautious view about needing a firewall) is tainted by 3 events (here are 2);
1. I had a business until 2007 and prior to selling it had to buy out some existing minor shareholders. I was advised by a respectable law firm based in Bristol who had been my company's advisors for about 10 years. When I cam to sell the business if turns out their advice had ben defective and irt cost me c £25,000, a lot of anguish and a trip to to RCJ to correct their error (and did the Bristol firm offer anything by way of assistance, no, not even a "Sorry"
2. When I got advised (by a respectable firm based in Cheltenham and London) during my divorce I was advised (misled) about the merits of certain facts on my side. Did any of them work out in my favour. No.
So my jaded view of the legal profession is, recognise they aren't infallible, unlike most commercial organisations they will not say sorry or offer to correct their mistakes (they will deny everything) and therefore it is best to always have a plan B (preferably not relying on merely going back to the same lawyer for yer more equivocal advice clocking up fees.
So if you could answer my question (where could I go for paid specific advice( then that would be great). However, if this site prevents it so be it