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Clare, Solicitor
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My husband has worked abroad for the last 15 years and is due

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My husband has worked abroad for the last 15 years and is due to finish in July, I was initially with him abroad but came back to UK 7 years ago to look after our daughter and the house. While I have been in UK I have continued to work fulltime, a few weeks ago my husband told me he no longer wants to be with me, a big shock and kick in the teeth. We have our own house (still with a mortgage), I have recently been told my job title might change which will mean a reduction of possibly £6.00 an hour so quite a significant drop in money. When my husband leaves his job he will be leaving with a sum of approx. £52,00.00, am I entitled to any of this, plus his Navy pension, he also has been paying £100.00 a month into the premium bonds for at least 3 years, am I entitled to any of this? What happens to the house, I would assume it needs to be sold, but he has been paying the mortgage will he still need to do this until the house is sold even if he is no longer here.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question.
I shall do my best to assist you but need some further information first.
How long have you lived together and how old is your daughter?
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
What income do you each have?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My daughter is now 23 but still lives at home.

We have been together for 32 years, married for 29 years.

Not sure how much house is worth, think we have 6 years left on mortgage, however in January this year we went and got £10,000 added onto it to get the bathroom done.

I think my husband earns approx £40,000 a year I earn about £25,000 however I am agency supplied and could lose my job at anytime.

Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Best guess on what the house is worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

doesn't matter forget it I will go elsewhere as no doubt I will get extra charges added onto my card and at this moment in time I can't afford to pay out anymore. Thanks

Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Hi Jane
All the queries are covered by your initial payment - I am just asking for the details I need to give you the most accurate information
I m happy to give you a more general answer if you do not wish to give the details?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think the house is probably worth about £130,00.00 and I think there is possibly £65,000.00 left to pay on the mortgage.


Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Hi Jane
The length of your marriage means that the starting point for division of all the assets - including the lump sum he will receive and the Premium Bonds he has purchased is 50/50 which makes it highly unlikely that the house will have to be sold if you wish to live there and can take over the mortgage.
You are also entitled to a share of his ongoing pension - either by receiving a larger lump sum of by having your part transferred into a pension in your sole name.
If his new job is well paid you may also be entitled to ongoing maintenance - although this is less likely.
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if there are areas you need expanded