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How can I help with this? Do you have a solicitor instructed to act for you?
Are your assets all accrued post marriage? Do you have children under 18 of the marriage?
OK. The starting point is that the pre-marital assets should be excluded form a settlement, but the dependent children and your wife's potential weaker financial position (assuming she is the main carer for the children, which I appreciate is a general assumption and please correct me if I am incorrect) do suggest that the premarital assets are vulnerable to a claim.
All assets accused during a marriage, including saving sea d pensions, would be a joint asset. Everything else is in they grey area where the court has to look at the issue of need and expectations before deciding whether they can or should be included in the settlement or not.
Walking away at this stage means that you are not in control or perhaps even part of the final solution/ outcome. If it's too much for you to deal with, instruct your solicitor to deal/ negotiate on your behalf. The cost benefit of this will far outweigh the potential damage to your assets if you do not engage in the process and the court makes orders in your absence.
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