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Hi Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare and I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
Which country does your wife live in?
What assets do you have?
she lives in in the UK as far as I know, the last I heard from her/her family was that she was returning with her father and that things are finally over...but before I can truly assume they are I need to ensure that she has indeed left teh country and I can move on with my life.
When did you last hear from her?
My personal Assets amount to an apartment valued at 100k and a car valued at 10k but nothing major and I certainly dont have any large savings..probably 2k.
When did you last live in the same property?
What makes you think the Uk does not recognise the marriage
we never have lived together really...she came to the uk I refused to settle with her and that was when the penny dropped with the parents!
they have been looking after her and paying for everything since then until finally my dad decided to see things from my perspective and come around to the fact that life is about making your own decisions..
I have always worked away since leaving school...I was in the RAF until 2005 and since then even though the marriage occured in 2006 I have lived on my own in my apartment some 150 miles away from my parents
But what makes you think that the marriage is not recognised?
I dont really know if it does or not..the only thing i know is her brothers were very pushy for me to get her an indefinite visa or right to saty and for that they told my parents that I would need to go and register the marriage at the registrar...so had me wondering what they were playing at?
just checked online...after you asked actually and the answer was simple...yes it is recognised here! which really does make things worse for me!
but surely if they recognise the marriage then they must recognise that we are not together and under the same law I only have to tell her we are divorced to make it official...or some such crazy thing I heard my parents say once!?
Yes I was just working on giving you the bad news.
If you want a divorce - as you clearly do - then you will have to issue the Petition here based on th efact that you lived apart for more than five years.
You cannot divorce in Pakistan as neither of you live there.
She does have a financial claim on you I am afraid - although it is limited to an extent by the fact that you have never lived together
You have not said how much the mortgage outstanding on the property
which is relevant to the possible settlement
BUT please do not panic
her claim on you is not large - although the fact that she has been funded by your parents for so long doe snot assist you
but as her visa has expired..the minute UKBA find out...surely she will get sent back and I can divorce her there?
if her stay has expired..how can she even lodge a case against me when she is herself breaking teh immigration rules and ;laws?
I sponsored her first 2 year temp visa, after that we were meant toi apply for permanent stay..which I refused to do.
so i am stuck either way, she and her family insist that if I carry on with the sham marriage and get her indefinite stay approved they will leave me alone...but I thought that would make her position even stronger over me!
so what would you do in my shoes?
what if i went down the forced marriage road..none of this was my idea and my intentions were to just get my family from off my back. for instance we were married after meeting for 20 minutes and I was very young at the time and seemed to be upsetting the whole world if I didnt say yes there and then.