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Hello, my name is Marcus.
A chronology will include.
Date of birth of H and W and any children
Date of marriage
Date of separation
Date of divorce petition
Date of Decree Nisi and Absolute - if relevant.
Date of Form A
Date of First Directions Appointment
You should then also include any other salient dates relevant to the issues such as purchase of Family Home and dates of redundancy etc
Following a 12 year marriage it will be difficult for her to claim credit for any contribution by way of a previous property if that is what you are trying to mitigate.
A chronology is a brief document just to give a judge a snapshot.
For example :
01.01.01 Husband born
01.01.01 Wife born
01.01.01 parties commence cohabitation in W's. H pays rent
01.01.01 Parties marry
01.01.01 W's House sold and Family Home brought.
It is a sensible point to make but as I say following a 12 year marriage the court attach very little weight to previous contribution - so although you need to address the issue it should not be as significant as you think.
Do you have children, if so how old are they and with whom do they or will they live for the majority of their time.
That being the case the principle applied is that of needs.
The marital assets will be divided according to financial needs regardless of contribution.
I presume you are preparing for a First Directions Appointment. If so at the hearing the court will order in readiness for the next hearing - if you do not agree - property particulars and mortgage capacities to identify your respective financial needs.
The children from her previous marriage will be considered a child of the family sadly for you.
You are being realistic in what you are seeking and that is acheiveable.
A court will be well versed with someone claiming excessive income needs......
I must say that is strange advise. They are children of the family albeit not marriage. Certainly in 20 years or so in practice I have only one case where my opponent try to argue that children of the family should not be provided for and it went down very badly with the judge.
You will certainly get something. Courts are being harder on wife's more so than they have in the past.