Thank you for the information, it is always unfortunate when a marriage breaks down however it is important to be prepared. During the marriage, both partners obtain matrimonial assets during this period. These are considered matrimonial assets regardless of who obtains them. Everything from savings, pensions, property, assets both liquid and moveable and property etc. are all considered matrimonial assets. So just to give you an example if partner A has no job, but Partner B saves £200k. during the marriage, buys the matrimonial home valued at £200k and has increased their pension by £200k all during the marriage, then partner A has obtained matrimonial assets at a share of £300k. There are of course, as with everything in law, exceptions to this such as inherited property.
When a couple separates, sometimes a lesser earning partner can obtain spousal maintenance. However, this requires to be assessed on an individual basis. I would always advise obtaining a separation agreement when separating. It is important to understand your matrimonial rights prior to agreeing to anything as this will be legally binding. In this case, I would advise instructing a solicitor, so you are aware of your rights and make an agreement which is in your best interest based on your current matrimonial rights and protect yourself moving forward. These agreements can also provide assistance if you are later looking to obtain a divorce.
I shall provide you with a helpful link that will assist you in finding a solicitor/representative near your local area. This will provide you with someone nearby your area who can assist you if required.
I hope this information proved helpful. You will find a local solicitor who deals with these matters on the law society webpage which is as follows;
https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors (N. Ireland)
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