Good morning to you, I'm Lea and I am going to assist you today.
It is better to do a financial clean break at this stage instead of waiting so that you can move forward without any future possible claims against you.
I appreciate that you have been told that it would cost you £10k to continue with this, but that is if you use a lawyer for the whole thing - but you actually only need a lawyer to draft the agreed consent order, you don't have to have representation in court.
You state that the marriage was very short and that there isn't much to share, which means that you could use mediation to agree a settlement (much cheaper than using solicitors) and then one of you instructs a solicitor to draft the consent order and the other takes it to another solicitor to check that it is fair for them (i.e. so that you have both had independent legal advice) and then you send it to the court with the application form and fee and the court will review the order and seal it.
It will cost you probably less than £2000 in total, and you can ask that the cost be shared with your wife.
If you choose not to do a clean break now, and you win the lottery in the future, your wife may well have a claim on that - or any other assets you accrue later on...equally you would have a similar potential claim against her. It is preferable to get a clean break now.
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