Thank you for confirming. Firstly, the information she has received from the CAB is incorrect. Arising out of the marriage she has matrimonial home rights in relation to the property which they used as the former matrimonial home so long as it was in his name. This right entitles her to occupy the property until divorce and she can register this right on the title of the property using Form HR1 with the land registry - once submitted and registered he will be notified of the registration.
Furthermore, arising out of the marriage she is entitled to claim financial relief, which can be in the form of many different orders, such as property adjustment orders, spousal maintenance and pension provision. Given the long marriage and two children she has good grounds to seek an equitable share of the assets.
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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