There was a townhouse in London which I got valuations for in the week following the Court Order (final hearing of the ancillary relief proceedings - 31.7.2008) at £1 ,100,000.00, £1,150,000.00. I also found buyers at £1,200,000.00 and advised the solicitors in Yorkshire (appointed by the court) of these buyers. Nothing came of that. The house was sold in December 2008 for £850,000.00 to 'cash-rich buyers' in view of the need to act promptly. The estate agent concerned had written to me in 2007 giving a valuation of £950,000.00. Those 'buyers' have since got a mortgage, the amount of which does not appear on the Land Registry papers. (I think they have had 'a sandwich lease').
My house in France. I inherited half from my Mother and bought my brother's share in 1998. It has never been joint property but a paper submitted to the Court purported to come from estate agents and spoke of 'the owners'. No estate agent ever visited the house... It was valued at £160,000.00 in the proceedings. There is no evidence on the deeds and documents of my ex-husband having had anything to do with buying my brother off.
Two plots of land in the Dordogne. 6,000 sq m in total. One was given to me by my mother whilst she was alive and the other one I bought to enlarge the land. I included my then husband in the purchase but he did not contribute financially. This the court order said should revert to me but I have not given effect to that yet. Not great value and nothing built there. Planning permission might be problematic.
I got £220,000.00 from the sale of my house and kept the house in France. But since he took all the 'body of work' (paintings) he had worked on whilst I housed and fed him for 34 years, he ruined my reputation by unsubstantiated allegations in the divorce court, left to live with the other woman and her husband in their matrimonial home, I think I was/am entitled to a lot more. I had to get a bridging loan to buy the flat where I am living now (and then got Equity Release to repay it).
There was furniture in the house which was cleared before the sale and put into storage whilst I was in hospital. Later on, it went missing from the storage place but I don't think it was 'lost'. The same people who had put it in storage collected it and I was the idiot who had paid the storage charges.
I don't think he was entitled to anything. Leaving me when I needed medical help was a disgrace. Less than 24 hours' notice of his intention was also a disgrace. But because I say that he was under the undue influence of the 'other woman' (an ex-professor in neuropharmacology specializing in 'mind-altering drugs') people think that I am deluded. I am not deluded. I can tell that the divorce was only a means to an end: getting a replacement husband and getting the ex-wife to foot the bill for what she had expended up to the divorce - £57,000.00 according to the statement to the court, plus some more to cover the years to come. What a wheeze!
I was told that I was getting '60%' of the assets but that meant that I was losing '40%' when in fact I had not done anything except devote myself to him and our children. I was in very poor health when I was evicted and the County Court would not sign the eviction order. But it still went ahead. British justice?
What do I do? I will not let it rest.