Thanks for your patience.
Firstly, I will say that this is a general advice site, and I cannot give you a percentage figure as that would require detailed analysis of the assets and liabilities each of you hold, via your form E disclosure. That's something you need to engage and pay a lawyer directly for I'm afraid.
However, what I can do and am happy to assist with are the general principles:
1. With property purchased prior to marriage or assets acquired prior to marriage, the starting point is that these are EXCLUDED from the joint asset pot.
2. With property or assets acquired after the date of marriage, the starting point as that this is INCLUDED in the joint asset pot.
3. It does not matter who contributed what during the marriage, all assets acquired after the date of marriage are considered to be jointly owned regardless of who paid what. This means one party will still own half of the asset purchased after the date of marriage even if the other party paid for it all.
4. Claims on pensions should be limited to a share of the amount accrued in the fund during the length of the marriage, with marriages that are relatively short, but with a longer marriage pensions are more often shared.
5. If you both work now, there should not be claim for maintenance. In the case where one spouse earns significantly more than the other maintenance could be an issue.
6. The court can depart from the general principles if it is deemed fair to do so and the needs of the parties dictate that it is necessary to do so.
I hope this assists in setting out the legal framework for you?
In your case, there will be a question as to the share of the properties that you were added to after the date of your marriage and also whether this will be considered a marital asset. They are clearly not family properties, but may be considered assets - this can be argued both ways I'm afraid.
The property that you owned prior to marriage is not a marital asset.
However, all of this is only relevant if your wife's needs are provided for with the assets she has. If not, the court may look to these non-marital assets for additional funds to secure her for the future.
It's not an attractive area of the law, and can get quite messy. It also can feel quite unfair, given that as you say she did not contribute anything to any of these assets. But, any claim will only succeed if she can establish a genuine need. I hope that helps.
Do remember that I can only give you my opinion.
Another lawyer may have a different opinion. If there was a black-and-white answer to every legal problem there would be no need for anything to ever proceed to court!
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