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Michael Holly
Michael Holly, Solicitor
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Hi, I will have been married for 1 year on may 26th 2013 but

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I will have been married for 1 year on may 26th 2013 but we have been separated since August 2012. We have been together for 7 years and have lived together for 5 years. My husband has said i am not entilted to anything other than furniture etc is this true? there is no chance of a reconciliation.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Michael Holly replied 5 years ago.

Can you tell me more about each of you. How old are you, are there any children that live with you from current or previous relationships, is there a house, is it in joint names, are there any other joint assets how much do each of you earn?

Yours sincerely


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

I am going to be 31 in March and my husband is 37. We have no children. He has numerous properties including my current abode (he moved in with his mother in August) but i dont think my name has ever been on a property. He has always kept things separate and i believe that was because he was protecting his assets. I am a Radiology Manager and earn 38k he is a Doctor and earns around 100k. I am currently living in a flat which is in his name. He has always provided financial stability and while i work full time i have maintained our home cooking and cleaning etc he wants to divorce amicably as do I and i am not looking to have half of everything but only want what I am due. I am worried that he may have already started to move money into his mothers name.

Expert:  Michael Holly replied 5 years ago.

Dear XXXXXle

Whilst the period of cohabitation is taken into account it is not considered in the same way as the length of the marriage which is short here.

As such we are not looking at a 50-50 division but you will be entitled to more than just the furniture particularly if he has numerous properties and assets.There is nothing to stop him transferring assets to his mother but fortunately not only will this not work, since it will be seen as a blatant attempt to divest himself of assets, it also annoys judges intensely so if anything he will be penalised financially by a court for doing so.

It is impossible to say exactly what settlement you can achieve here but I would be looking for the property you live in to be transferred to you as an objective.

I hope this helps. If there are any further points please reply

Best wishes

Yours sincerely