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Help with understanding legal position on use of inheritance

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Help with understanding legal position on use of inheritance and redundancy to support my alcoholic husband before we separated and before his SIPP started

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Can you advise me on the legal position on inheritance of and redundancy monies that I shared with my husband before we separated when he was made redundant and I supported him on my inheritance and redundancy monies. He was an alcoholic so spent a lot of money

Of course, I'll do my best.

In a marriage, all assets are considered joint assets, as a starting point.

Any money that you come into (through inheritance or redundancy) is assumed to be a joint asset unless expressly stated otherwise.

However, when deciding on the split of matrimonial assets in a divorce, you can raise a conduct argument.

You could make representations to the court that his financially irresponsible behaviour and addictions decimated the marital funds, and ask the judge to reflect this in the final decision on the asset split.

I hope that this helps, it's never a straightforward issue I'm afraid.

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