Thanks - the relevance of the valuation is to see how much is available to share between you.
If your mother were to move out and live in a home funded by you, this could slightly complicate matters as the argument husband would have is that he does not need to assist or use matrimonial assets to meet her housing needs as this would have already been met by you.
She has a right arising out of the lengthy marriage to seek financial relief from him and for the court to consider how their assets should be divided in order to meet their needs, both in relation to income and in relation to capital.
Initially this could be discussed and negotiated with them and if this does not settle matters she should atempt it through mediation - you can find independent mediators here: http://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk If a settlement is agreed this can be submitted to court under a consent order (together with a D81 form outlining their respective financial positions).
If mediation does not progress she should then proceed with an application to court under Form A for financial relief once the divorce petition has been issued.
They will both need to provide each other with full and frank financial and income disclosure, as well as disclosure of their reasonable needs. The Court's starting point is a 50-50 split of all matrimonial assets and ensuring that both their needs are met in relation to both assets and income. For your information the criteria considered by the court in these matters is:
1. The income, earning capacity, property and other financial resources which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future, including in the case of earning capacity any increase in that capacity which it would in the opinion of the court be reasonable to expect a party to the marriage to take steps to acquire;
2. The financial needs, obligations and responsibilities which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;
3. The standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage;
4. The age of each party to the marriage and the duration of the marriage;
5. Any physical or mental disability of either of the parties to the marriage;
6. The contributions which each of the parties has made or is likely in the foreseeable future to make to the welfare of the family, including any contribution by looking after the home or caring for the family;
7. The conduct of each of the parties, if that conduct is such that it would in the opinion of the court be inequitable to disregard it;
8. In the case of proceedings for divorce or nullity of marriage, the value to each of the parties to the marriage of any benefit which, by reason of the dissolution or annulment of the marriage, that party will lose the chance of acquiring.
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