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In January of this year, my wife received £235,000 from her

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In January of this year, my wife received £235,000 from her mother's will. In May, we began separation. Am I entitled to any of my wife's above stated inheritance? The money went into her own account and not our joint account. The mortgage on the house is paid off. I wish to go on living there. My wife wants half of the house's value but will not surrender any of her inherited money.
HiThank you for your questionMy name is ***** ***** do my best to help you then I need some further information first.How long have you lived together and how much is the property worth?What other assets are there - including pensions and what income do you each have?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We have lived together since August 1993.I bought the house in 1986. My name is ***** ***** name on the deeds. My father gave me £17K towards the cost of the house, so that my mortgage was smaller, and he lived with me until 1999. The mortgage was paid off five years ago.
The property is worth £400,000 approximately, but certainly no less.
I receive a teacher's pension (I'm 63) of £1,100 a month and my wife (who is 52) is receiving a salary as a school science technician, of approximately £1,200 a month.
From my teacher's pension, I have savings (from the lump sum) of £40,000.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I am not aware of any savings that my wife may have, other than the £235K from her mother's will. She did have approximately £20,000, but I believe this has been spent by her over the years, on holidays and the like. This money was kept in a separate account, not available to me. All my salary, whilst I was working, went into our joint account, except for £100 a month, which went into my savings account. My lump sum and savings amounted to £60K, £20K of which has been spent, mostly on home improvement and University and travel/gap year expenses for our son .
How much does a cheaper two bedroom property in the same general area cost to buy ( I am aware that does not seem relevant, but it is!)
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Around £350K
and a one bedroom property?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If available in the area, then around £230K
The fact that your wife has only recently received her inheritance and it has not been merged into the family finances does mean that the court is unlikely to give you a share of it.However the court will be aware that these funds are available to her and on that basis will wish to look at your housing needs as a priority - so it is likely that you would receive a larger share of the equity in the house a 60/40 split in your favour - maybe even 65/35.I suspect they will also leave you with your savings intactI hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further detailsClare
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you very much for your help.