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Marital and Non-marital Assets

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 20 Jan 2018 |
 
Marriage Divorce Assets Non-marital

Nobody says ‘I do’ thinking that their marriage won't last. However, it is a sad fact that a large number of marriages do fail, with current figures somewhere between 30 and 40 per cent.

When couples decide to divorce, there can often be bitter wrangling over the financial and proprietary aspects of the marriage.

Generally, if one person has control over the finances during the marriage, the other party will be at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to the divorce proceedings.

Every marriage concerns an element of interdependence but when a couple divorces there is a need to divide assets, money and other property. However, these are broadly divided into two categories, ‘marital’ and ‘non-marital’ assets.

What Are Marital and Non-Marital Assets?

If you have assets that you owned before the marriage, such as money or property that you have inherited, payouts from personal injury awards or other legal settlements, or gifts that you receive during the marriage that were not intended as ‘family’ gifts, these are non-marital assets.

For example, you as an individual inherit a painting that you then sell at auction. If you deposit the proceeds into a joint bank account, or spend some or all of the money on your spouse or joint assets, this property then becomes marital property. There are ways to identify and track liquidated non-marital assets, but these procedures are seldom straightforward.

How to Protect Your Assets

In order to protect your non-marital assets from being counted as marital, always remember to keep them separate. If you are not yet married, consider talking to your future spouse about the assets that you both have and what you both intend to keep as your own. Although it’s not exactly romantic, it can help to avoid considerable emotional wrangling and bitterness in the future if the marriage fails.

Stay Credit Worthy

Keeping your own assets separate in a marriage is particularly important if you are at a financial disadvantage, e.g. if you are not working, are working but earn considerably less than your spouse, or if you are at home caring for children. Some spouses, usually wives, can rely solely on their husband’s means all their married lives and when it comes to divorce they can discover that they are barely credit worthy.

As a result it is vitally important that you retain a good credit rating, so that if you find yourself single again you are able to support yourself and obtain credit from lending institutions. The easiest way to do this is to have a credit card in your sole name. However, it is equally important to maintain your payments on this account, as a bad credit rating is as bad, if not worse, than having no credit history at all. Also, make sure that you are named on all the household accounts.

Keep a Record

Although it may seem cynical, it is also wise to make sure you keep yourself up to date as to the extent of your and your spouse’s assets from time to time. Make sure you have copies of proof of ownership, as in the event of a divorce these can go ‘missing.’

Finally, if you are on the brink of divorcing your spouse, make sure that you close any joint accounts immediately. The last thing you want is to be subsidising your spouse (and perhaps directly or indirectly their legal fees) after you have separated.

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Hi, my partner and his wife have agreed terms of their divorce very amicably and both have signed to say they agree to the split of assets. The solicitors are saying my partner has to complete a statement of assets, but I don't really understand why, when everyone has agreed, this is necessary. Can anyone enlighten us as to whether this is necessary please? Thank you for reading.
lin-s - 20-Jan-18 @ 12:37 PM
craig88 - Your Question:
Hi, I am married 3 months and I know I cannot get a divorce until separated for four years. My wife and I are looking into separation for now. We live in her mam and dads house and pay €50 rent each per week to her dad. We had been saving in a saver account for a mortgage of €200 each per week. As it stands she earns more than me in her job. I have a promotion coming up soon in my job and will than earn more then her. Can we agree to split our savings during the separation and let that be that when the divorce comes around ? Any info would be greatly appreciated.Kind regards.

Our Response:
Yes, it's not as though you have any assets between you. As long as it can be seen the money has been split fairly, then you shouldn't have any issues. It's only if either of you has sidelined money, can there be any recourse for one party to claim down the line. I assume you are living in Ireland. If so, the laws may be slightly different than England, so you may wish to seek some legal advice prior to dividing your money.
DivorceResource - 19-Jan-18 @ 10:57 AM
Dropin73 - Your Question:
Married 10 yrs. had 50k before we met and inherited 38k about 4 years ago. She decided it was over with no interest in working on problems. I had no idea it was even bad until she dropped the bombshell. I have good job, pension and some savings which were all set up to provide for us and our three young children. They've worked out I get the savings and my pension (112k) she gets all the equity etc 230k. She can buy a house cash and I don't even have enough for a deposit but will still have to pay her CSA money as well. Is she entitled to my premarital money or my inheritance? I'm being totally screwed so if anyone can help I'd appreciate it or any advice

Our Response:
Who are 'they', as in who has worked out this split? If the court or divorce arbitration has worked out these figures, then you will have to comply. If it is your ex's solicitor, then you are advised to seek independent legal advice, as your ex's solicitor will be working purely with her best interests at heart. The court will always opt for what it thinks is in the best interests of your children and both your pre-marital assets and your inheritance can be taken into consideration.
DivorceResource - 19-Jan-18 @ 10:25 AM
Married 10 yrs. had 50k before we met and inherited 38k about 4 years ago. She decided it was over with no interest in working on problems. I had no idea it was even bad until she dropped the bombshell. I have good job, pension and some savings which were all set up to provide for us and our three young children. They've worked out I get the savings and my pension (112k) she gets all the equity etc 230k. She can buy a house cash and I don't even have enough for a deposit but will still have to pay her CSA money as well. Is she entitled to my premarital money or my inheritance? I'm being totally screwed so if anyone can help I'd appreciate it or any advice
Dropin73 - 18-Jan-18 @ 3:37 PM
Hi, I am married 3 months and I know I cannot get a divorce until separated for four years. My wife and I are looking into separation for now. We live in her mam and dads house and pay €50 rent each per week to her dad. We had been saving in a saver account for a mortgage of €200 each per week. As it stands she earns more than me in her job. I have a promotion coming up soon in my job and will than earn more then her. Can we agree to split our savings during the separation and let that be that when the divorce comes around ? Any info would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards.
craig88 - 18-Jan-18 @ 11:44 AM
Taz - Your Question:
I was married for 1 year, 2 months to a very abusive man who caused me several physical injuries over the period of the relationship. He has a well paying job while I am on Benefits due to not being fit to work. Recently we have started divorce proceedings, and in this process he is being very aggressive and threatening towards me, there have also been multiple factual errors on his side of the papers which I have discovered are being said to cover up the fact that he has rented another home, using my name as a co-renter, so clearly he has forged my signature. He is also demanding that I give him property that is in my own home, a place which he has never lived in. Some things he is demanding are gifts given to me, by him, with no conditions attached. Other things are items given as gifts before the marriage took place. Where do I stand on this?

Our Response:
You don't have to part with these items if they were gifts. Your ex has no legal leg to stand on, unless he can prove they were not gifts, in which case he would have to take the matter to court. You may wish to look into his forgery of your signature, as this could lead you into financial hot water if your ex defaults on the rent. You can seek legal advice regarding this - the Citizens Advice Bureau can offer free advice if needed.
DivorceResource - 11-Jan-18 @ 12:33 PM
I was married for 1 year, 2 months to a very abusive man who caused me several physical injuries over the period of the relationship. He has a well paying job while I am on Benefits due to not being fit to work. Recently we have started divorce proceedings, and in this process he is being very aggressive and threatening towards me, there have also been multiple factual errors on his side of the papers which I have discovered are being said to cover up the fact that he has rented another home, using my name as a co-renter, so clearly he has forged my signature. He is also demanding that I give him property that is in my own home, a place which he has never lived in. Some things he is demanding are gifts given to me, by him, with no conditions attached. Other things are items given as gifts before the marriage took place. Where do I stand on this?
Taz - 10-Jan-18 @ 4:44 PM
EDD - Your Question:
Hello. We are one stwp to divorce. Before marrage we bought( mortgage) a house in her name, but I gave her 10k coz we in general were buying house together, we already lived 2 years together but still not married. We keep paing mortgage togethe from her personal acc. After 2 years we get merried and keep living in same house. She was paing for mortgage and bills, and I was paying for food, house hold expense, car insurance. I also invested in house to make house price higher ( build porch, extended garden wall) which cost in total around 15k but ot was from my savings and paid by cash,.( my wife has daughter which is 16 already froprevious marrage) If we decide to divorce,can I expect that house will be sold amd money split between us?

Our Response:
This would have to be negotiated by you both regarding what you both put into the house and what you both expect out of it, plus how long you have been married. If you cannot agree a fair split between you, then court is the next option. A court will decide if and what the split should be. However, it is not often as cut-and-dry as a straight 50/50 split. Therefore, I suggest you seek legal advice in order to fully explore your options.
DivorceResource - 9-Jan-18 @ 2:36 PM
Hels2010 - Your Question:
Hi, I own a flat which I bought before I was married. We have never lived in this property and have always rented. If I sell this property before a divorce and put the proceeds into my own personal account will this money be counted as a marital asset? Many thanks.

Our Response:
Yes. Much depends upon how long you have been married and whether this money should be counted as a non-marital asset. However, if you attempt to sideline it prior to divorce, it doesn't stop your ex from trying to make a claim as part of the marital estate. It is up to you (between you both) or a court to decide how/if this money should be divided. The court has powers to ensure that there is full financial disclosure. If one party is found to have hidden an asset then this is taken very seriously by the courts and can request that individual is financially penalised. The court also has powers to prevent assets being transferred or to retract them after a transfer.
DivorceResource - 8-Jan-18 @ 4:00 PM
Tig - Your Question:
I have been married 7 years lived apart for 4 of them but still saw each other on and off we are now divorcing is he entitled to any money I have now from my previous divorce that I got after 6 months of being with him

Our Response:
You would have to agree this between you. However, if the marriage was short (under five years), then it is likely a court would see this as a pre-marital asset in that the money accrued was prior to your subsequent marriage.
DivorceResource - 8-Jan-18 @ 2:50 PM
Hello. We are one stwp to divorce. Before marrage we bought( mortgage) a house in her name, but i gave her 10kcoz we in general were buying house together, we already lived 2 years together but still not married. We keep paing mortgage togethe from her personal acc. After 2 years we get merried and keep living in same house. She was paing for mortgage and bills, and i was paying for food, house hold expense, car insurance.. i also invested in house to make house price higher ( build porch, extended garden wall) which cost in total around 15k but ot was from my savings and paid by cash,.( my wife has daughter which is 16 already froprevious marrage) If we decide to divorce,can i expect that house will be soldamd money split between us?
EDD - 8-Jan-18 @ 6:23 AM
I have been married 7 years lived apart for 4 of them but still saw each other on and off we are now divorcing is he entitled to any money i have now from my previous divorce that I got after 6 months of being with him
Tig - 6-Jan-18 @ 10:27 PM
Hi, I own a flat which I bought before I was married. We have never lived in this property and have always rented. If I sell this property before a divorce and put the proceeds into my own personal account will this money be counted as a marital asset?Many thanks.
Hels2010 - 5-Jan-18 @ 10:31 PM
Smiler - Your Question:
I have two houses I own and rent out (one was my former Home) I also own half of the house I live in with my partner. He has proposed marriage and I would like to accept, but I do not wish any assets I currently own to become his or his children’s property in the event of our divorce or death. Currently he will not inherit my half of our house on my death as this is what we chose at time of purchase. How can I protect these assets and enter into marriage?

Our Response:
You can make pre-nuptual agreement via a solicitor.
DivorceResource - 5-Jan-18 @ 3:04 PM
imi - Your Question:
We have been married for 5 years now and coming to a point where a divorce is highly likely. We have no children. She had an ongoing mortgage before marriage which she fully paid off 2 years after marriage. She owns the house and I have not contributed towards the mortgage at all. For last more than 3 years I have been paying all bills including every single household expense. On top of that I have been giving her some money every month for last one year for her own use. she works part time and I am self employed and my income is slightly less than hers. I am a non-EU citizen. what will happen in terms of divorce settlement?

Our Response:
If your wife owned and paid off the mortgage on the house you both live in, then it is highly likely the house will be classed as a non-marital asset. Any other financial agreement is best agreed between you i.e whether your wife pays you some money on separation with regards to the contributions you have made to the marriage. Also, if your wife has accumulated savings individually on the back of the marriage, then you will be entitled to claim and likewise. If you are in any doubt, paying for legal advice may be worthwhile. Mediation may also be with considering as a way to come to a mutual agreement.
DivorceResource - 4-Jan-18 @ 10:33 AM
We have been married for 5 years now and coming to a point where a divorce is highly likely. We have no children. She had an ongoing mortgage before marriage which she fully paid off 2 years after marriage. She owns the house and I have not contributed towards the mortgage at all. For last more than 3 years I have been paying all bills including every single household expense. On top of that I have been giving her some money every month for last one year for her own use. she works part time and I am self employed and my income is slightly less than hers. I am a non-EU citizen. what will happen in terms of divorce settlement?
imi - 3-Jan-18 @ 9:16 AM
I have two houses I own and rent out (one was my former Home) I also own half of the house I live in with my partner. He has proposed marriage and I would like to accept, but I do not wish any assets I currently own to become his or his children’s propertyin the event of our divorce or death. Currently he will not inherit my half of our house on my death as this is what we chose at time of purchase. How can I protect these assets and enter into marriage?
Smiler - 1-Jan-18 @ 9:07 PM
My husband has a house in his name before we married 3 years ago that we still pay a morage on..which we lived in for 2 years of our marraige Last year we purchased a condo..no morage payments. If he has home in his name am I entitled to the condo..
Amy - 30-Dec-17 @ 10:29 PM
@Peter - I imagine at least 50% of the equity from when your son's wife began living with him. If she is considered the primary carer of the children, possibly more. It doesn't matter if he has always paid the mortgage and bills, someone has to look after the children, which is considered a job in itself and viewed as being as equally deserved as your son going out to work.
VGN - 18-Dec-17 @ 1:53 PM
My son has recently separated and he is hoping to come to a friendly mutual agreement with his wife over the finances. He owned a house when they met (with mortgage) , he has always paid the mortgage and all the bills. They had been married 4 years 6 month when they split, they did live together before this and have two children. The house is to be sold as they don't live in it, what proportion of the proceeds of sale will she be entitled to?
Peter - 17-Dec-17 @ 11:56 AM
Hi. My husband of 21 years has left. He is refusing to pay any bills (we have a joint mortgage and a secured loan costing £1400 per month). I have applied for CMS which he will have to pay. We both work but I earn significantly more (£72k compared to £26k). I have worked and taken care of the children all through the marriage. He is a compulsive spender who spends any spare cash on eBay. We have a house with equity of about £30k. I am looking after my two children (my third child is at uni which I have paid for solely). I have significantly more debt than my husband (sole not joint) but a very good pension. Is he entitled to half my pension and the house equity? Is my debt added to the equation? I am and will continue to look after the children on my own (youngest is 12). He has made no attempt to visit his children other than for 45mins in one month.
AMJxxx - 11-Dec-17 @ 10:04 PM
advice- Your Question:
My brother is going through a very difficult marriage and they haven't been together in the same bed for over 2 years. She has the kids going against their father and the father gets frustrated. Their kids are a 16yr girl and 20 yr old son. They still live at home but the mother allows the 16yr old girl to sleep and stay at the boyfriend's house every day. The daughter and mother are very condescending and disrespectful to the father. The father doesn't want this relationship anymore, yet the wife is always at her sisters' house and doesn't do her wifely duties at home anymore, let alone pay for anything in the home. The house is under my brother's name and he pays for everything including the car she drives/insurance for it. Since she's allowing the kids to do what they want and they don't pay for anything in the home and the mother doesn't disciple them and gets angry when the father says anything to them. My brother feels trapped and overwhelmed, how can I help him and what should he do to protect himself from a wife who wants to take all that he has worked so hard for. Does he have to split 50/50 even though she hasn't contributed much of anything. need your advice

Our Response:
If your brother is in a marriage that has been a long one, then a more equal split of property and assets is likely. However, your brother would also have to keep in mind that a court would not force a house sale until the youngest child is at least 18 and no longer in full-time education. All assets in a marriage are considered jointly owned unless the marriage has been short and one partner brought financially more to the relationship than the other. Your brother may have worked for their assets, but likewise his wife has (presumably) brought the children up and perhaps sacrificed her ability to earn in order to look after their children. Therefore, this is why assets and savings are considered equally owned, as both jobs are considered as important as the other. Your brother may wish to seek legal guidance in order to explore his options if he wishes to move towards a separation.
DivorceResource - 11-Dec-17 @ 10:32 AM
My brother is going through a very difficult marriage and they haven't been together in the same bed for over 2 years.She has the kids going against their father and the father gets frustrated. Their kids are a 16yr girl and 20 yr old son.They still live at home but the mother allows the 16yr old girl to sleep and stay at the boyfriend's house every day. The daughter and mother are very condescending and disrespectful to the father.The father doesn't want this relationship anymore, yet the wife is always at her sisters' house and doesn't do her wifely duties at home anymore, let alone pay for anything in the home. The house is under my brother's name and he pays for everything including the car she drives/insurance for it.Since she's allowing the kids to do what they want and they don't pay for anything in the home and the mother doesn't disciple them and gets angry when the father says anything to them.My brother feels trapped and overwhelmed, how can I help him and what should he do to protect himself from a wife who wants to take all that he has worked so hard for.Does he have to split 50/50 even though she hasn't contributed much of anything. need your advice
advice - 9-Dec-17 @ 9:14 PM
Andy - Your Question:
My wife is attempting to assert a claim over the monies loaned by my elderly mother for the (substantial) deposit on our house. The rationale was that it meant we could purchase a property large enough for her to regularly stay to see her grandchildren. My mother's current outgoings exceed her income and she will shortly need the enhanced care of a nursing home, so needs the funds returned. There is a loan agreement between my mother and myself; however, as is the practice of most mortgage lenders, she was required to sign a letter of gifted deposit for the mortgage company.I am given to understand the family courts are often sympathetic to these 'bank of mum and dad' style loans and often seek to ensure the person who made the loans gets their funds back. Is this your understanding?I am utterly dismayed that the person I have loved and trusted has become so vicious, we have both enjoyed a beautiful home for the last 3 years and the corresponding equity growth as a result of an 82 year old ladies kindness. The funds belong to neither of us and I cannot live with the idea that they would not be returned to her (not to mention the potential IHT implications on the rest of the family if she passes away within 4 years). Also, how can I reach Lorna Elliott as I may wish to use her services as a barrister?

Our Response:
If your mother gifted you the loan for the house, then in all certainty your mother's money will be returned should your ex decide to try to claim this money through court.
DivorceResource - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:17 PM
My wife is attempting to assert a claim over the monies loaned by my elderly mother for the (substantial) deposit on our house.The rationale was that it meant we could purchase a property large enough for her to regularly stay to see her grandchildren. My mother's current outgoings exceed her income and she will shortly need the enhanced care of a nursing home, so needs the funds returned.There is a loan agreement between my mother and myself; however, as is the practice of most mortgage lenders, she was required to sign a letter of gifted deposit for the mortgage company. I am given to understand the family courts are often sympathetic to these 'bank of mum and dad' style loans and often seek to ensure the person who made the loans gets their funds back.Is this your understanding? I am utterly dismayed that the person I have loved and trusted has become so vicious, we have both enjoyed a beautiful home for the last 3 years and the corresponding equity growth as a result of an 82 year old ladies kindness.The funds belong to neither of us and I cannot live with the idea that they would not be returned to her (not to mention the potential IHT implications on the rest of the family if she passes away within 4 years). Also, how can I reach Lorna Elliott as I may wish to use her services as a barrister?
Andy - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:07 PM
JW - Your Question:
My husband and I are married since 6 years and we decided to divorce; My husband is the breadwinner and I work but earn and always earned much less; we don't have children; so, 3 years ago my husband bought the house where we live in; I now discovered that he owns the home jointly with his parents that helped him to buy it; can I claim 100% of the home or at least a share of it as marital assets? I am not sure who exactly paid for the property; would it help if I was able to demonstrate which portion my husband paid for the property? how can I get information about his bank accounts to check how much he contributed to pay the mortgage?

Our Response:
You would have to seek legal advice regarding this. If the marriage has been short-lived, then you would not be entitled to claim as much as if you had children and the marriage had been long. Much depends upon how much your husband and his parents put into the house (his parents' money would revert back to his parents). Your only recourse would be to request that your husband shows you the figures and try to come to an agreement between yourselves regarding how much money you should take from the dissolution of the marriage. If you don't agree with the division, your only other option would be to seek legal advice regarding taking the matter to court. Family courts will generally consider a 50/50 split of all assets accrued 'during' the relationship to be a suitable division, (where the marriage is short and there are no children involved). However, taking a matter to court can easily soak up any financial gains awarded, through the costs of legal fees.
DivorceResource - 5-Dec-17 @ 12:39 PM
My husband and I are married since 6 years and we decided to divorce; My husband is the breadwinner and I work but earn and always earned much less; we don't have children; so, 3 years ago my husband bought the house where we live in; I now discovered that he owns the home jointly with his parents that helped him to buy it; can I claim 100% of the home or at least a share of it as marital assets? I am not sure who exactly paid for the property; would it help if I was able to demonstrate which portion my husband paid for the property? how can I get information about his bank accounts to check how much he contributed to pay the mortgage?
JW - 4-Dec-17 @ 8:42 PM
Good evening. I married my husband in 2013 in the uk but we're living in Dubai. He has since been violet and we separated in July 2016. He lives in Iran and does not have a UK visa. We have a two year old child that he has not attempted to see in a year. I now live in the uk and sold my flat in London and have been able to buy a flat to live in and an investment property to earn money. I also have 70,000 in the bank but I'm not working so need this to live. He has put no assets into the marriage and has ran off with £60,000 which was my savings which he needed for his visa application to come to the uk but which now he refuses to return. I'm sick with worry for the future .
Jo - 3-Dec-17 @ 10:43 PM
Hello I am going through a very difficult divorce, when we meet my ex husband was very heavily in debt, he went bankrupt for over £80,000, I remorgaged my house, that I have now owned in my sole name for 24 years, I bought his business took out loans in my name, nothing was in his name and he did not work and owned nothing.I worked full time and did lots of overtime to keep us afloat.He started to take control of the business finances and would not let me have anything to do with them. we meet in 2008 he moved into my house in 2009 and we married in 2013, we divorced in 2016.I found out he was trying to steel the business from me, he over the time we were together coercively controlled me, I attempted suicide and while I was in an induced coma on life support and classed as GCS 3, he went down the pub and had a few pints, then after he was made to go to the hospital to identify me he the went and ordered a curry got a bottle of wine and waited for me to die, the nurse told him I was very poorly and may not last the night.I survived and I am now struggling financially, he broke into my business premises with his family and friends in late 2016, they stole a lot of equipment and assets, the police didn't and wont do anything, they say its a civil matter.I divorced him and he is now taking me to court his lawyer has stated he wants all the business, he also wants me to sell my family home as he wants half of it.I put over £150,000 into the business over the time I was building it up, he put nothing financially in.I went part time in work in 2012 and retired in 2014, I put many hours into running the business.Although he was bankrupt he got power of attorney over his mothers financial affairs, to date he has taken £250,000 from her account, as he ran the business finances he put some money from his mothers account into the business, I knew nothing of this, at his manipulation she is taking me to court, she has dementia, my ex sisterin law is taking me to court for items I took from another business, (a business that was set up in 2013 between her and myself as her husband was a declared bankrupt too) I have not taken anything as everything was taken when my ex husband broke in 2016.My situation now is I have debts amounting to £67,500, before I met him I had no debt owned my own house with a small mortgage.My income now does not cover my outlay.Please tell me where I stand with my ex husband and will the courts force me to sell my business and or sell my family home.I am in a desperate situation as I can no longer afford a solicitor, I owe then £2500, I have a Mckenzie friend, I can no longer afford her, I am desperate and don't know what to do.I was a very happy independent person before I met him and now I am on heavy medication, my doctor is very concerned about me and I have no where to turn.I now for a fact he knows what he is doing as he has ripped people off before.Please help
Picasso - 28-Nov-17 @ 12:17 PM
SadTheWayThingsAre - Your Question:
Hi,My wife and I have separated and divorce proceedings are not underway, but it is likely to happen at some point.Does my wife have a claim on any money I make AFTER we separate but BEFORE we divorce? We have been married for 12 years, she earns less than me, will almost certainly get the 2 kids (though I am going to try for 50-50) so I expect her to get a larger share of our marital assets. Basically I want to know if there is any point at all me trying to save money right now, or if she will get most of it regardless of when the money arrived.Also, about 18 months ago my mother gifted me and my sister her house in a bid to avoid having to sell it to pay for care homes when and if that day comes. There was a provision put in the deeds that my mother could stay there till her death. I am really worried my wife now has 1/4 of my mothers house or more. Does she?

Our Response:
Anything you make post-separation and is in an individual account, should be yours to keep, 'if', you have ensured your children are financially cared for via child maintenance etc. However, you may wish to seek some professional legal advice regarding the matter of your mother's house, as if it was 'gifted' when you were married.
DivorceResource - 28-Nov-17 @ 11:35 AM
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