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JGM, Solicitor
Category: Scots Law
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Experience:  30 years as a practising solicitor.
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I have been married for 17 years but been with my husband

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I have been married for 17 years but been with my husband for around 23 years. We have never had joint bank accounts or savings and we do not have a mortgage or any debts. Our home which is classed as a four bedroom (1 en-suite) three public, toilet and cloakroom with small utility and conservatory as well as two floor double garage and large garden grounds. We are in an extremely volatile marriage in that I gave up work earlier this year due to stress and non recognition for my efforts and struggled to get promotion, my husband said he would support me in my decisions but now we have reached complete breakdown relationship, I am looking for advice on where I should go from here. He is running a successful business and I have a rough idea of at what price I would walk away as I did contribute any savings or profits from previous home to building up and developing our current lifestyle. I would appreciate guidance and advice as I need to get out of this situation as my health is also suffering.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  JGM replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your question. I am a solicitor in Scotland. You should see a solicitor who can look at your individual circumstances, however, I can give you some general help in the meantime and from what you have told me its likely that there will be an equal division of matrimonial assets. That will include the house, any money held by either of you, all other assets including pensions and the value of the business. All of the assets will have to be valued and a half share of assets attributed to each of you. Certain assets may have to be liquidated; Others may be capable of transfer and set off as appropriate. That deals with capital. As regards ***** ***** you are not working your husband may have to pay maintenance to you for a period to enable you to adjust and possibly get back to work. You don't mention children. If you have children under 16 or at university or college or apprenticeship then certain rules apply there too. Happy to discuss any specific points. In the meantime I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.