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Clare, Solicitor
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My wife has petitioned for divorce on the grounds of my adultery,

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My wife has petitioned for divorce on the grounds of my adultery, which is admitted. She is making a case for "add back" on the basis of expenditure on other women prior to the start of proceedings. Under what circumstances is this likely to succeed and how should I respond? I am trying to run my own divorce so please keep it simple.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
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It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me
while I gather some further information from you in order for me to be able to
advise you fully.

Do you have children?

How long have you been married?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

4 children aged 28, 26, 24 and 18. My 18 year old will be attending university from this October. The older three live independently.


Married for 37 years

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
How much money is she alleging you spent on the other woman? How much have you spent?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

So far she has not indicated how much she wants, we are at the questionnaire stage. In the last 12 months before the petition, I spent approx £30,000 from a shared asset pool of c£800k including the matrimonial home.

Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

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Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
What income do you each have and what pension provision do you each have?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

My wife is a church of income priest on a stipend of c£25,000 per annum plus free accommodation. I am recently retired. Our combined pensions amount to c£45k per annum.

Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
What was the £30,000 actually spent on?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Presents at xmas/birthdays, plus i paid off a mortgage of c£11,500 plus holidays etc

Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Just to check that I understand - you used some of the assets to pay off your new partner's mortgage - is that correct?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Expert:  Clare replied 4 years ago.
Then there is no doubt that you will have to account for that - and indeed technically you have opened up the possibility of a potential claim on your new lady's partners house
With this in mind it could be wise to simply agree to add back in the £30,000 - or at least a large chunk of it and not allow this issue to go any further
In fact given the extent of the assets £30,000 is frankly not particularly relevant and on that basis I would not make it a major issue
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need more information