Well I am afraid that she may well have a claim on the rental property which you own. The fact that you have been together so long means that the court will consider all of your assets (whether in your name or hers) and put them into a proverbial pot for distribution as to needs etc. The starting point is often a distribution of 50-50. It can go higher or lower depending on certain factors.
When considering a departure from the ‘yardstick of equality’ the courts are guided by the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, in particular, section 25 (2) (which is worth listing in full). It states that the court should have regard to the following matters when deciding how to divide marital property and assets:
(a) 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;
(b )the financial needs, obligations and responsibilities which each of the parties to the marriage has or is likely to have in the foreseeable future;
(c) the standard of living enjoyed by the family before the breakdown of the marriage;
(d )the age of each party to the marriage and the duration of the marriage;
(e) any physical or mental disability of either of the parties to the marriage;
(f) 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;
(g) 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;
(h) in the case of proceedings for divorce or nullity of marriage, the value to each of the parties to the marriage of any benefit F4. . . which, by reason of the dissolution or annulment of the marriage, that party will lose the chance of acquiring.