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Can you set out some facts and figures for me?
Thank you for the information.
Whilst it's difficult to be specific, by way of general pointers:
1. The equity in the house is a joint asset, so there is approximately £130,000 there. As you earn less and are the primary carer you have a couple of possible options:
- ask that you and the children remain in the house until both children have finished full time education - and deal with the issue of sale at that point
- agree to a sale but ask for more than 50% of the equity as your mortgage capacity is lower and you have care of the children
2. The pension should be split 50/50 - this is arguably a stand alone issue
3. He earns more than you but is not classed as a high earner. He would have to pay child maintenance but spousal support in addition to this is unlikely to be ordered by the court
Hopefully this information will assist. Please do let me know if you have further questions.
It's up to you. In reality you do not stand to gain anything by contesting the divorce as the court won't base the decision on the devision of the assets on anything in the petition nor is it a matter of public record what the reason for divorce was cited as.
But, if you feel you cannot accept the petition, you can consider filing your own petition in response rather than defending the divorce.
It adds costs and time though, and the end result will be the same.
I would not suggest burying your head in the sand. You need to decide whether to file your own petition, or accept his. Don't ignore it though, he will then start to have to serve you via a bailiff to prove service and you could face costs against you for this.
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Kind regards, Peter
My pleasure. All the best.