How does a court decide how to split your house and any money when you divorce? Family law explainer

How does a court decide how to split your house and any money when you divorce? Family law explainer

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If you and your ex-spouse can’t agree how to split your house and money, what happens? What factors will a court consider? Is there a presumption that the mother will normally get the children and, therefore, normally, get the house? How is any court enforced if one side doesn’t cooperate? Lucy Reed from St John’s Chambers joins me to discuss.

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  1. Let me tell you the truth if a man has children. The house, children, land, furniture, dog goes to her. The money she has to give you will be taken by your attorney. The alimony the judge says you have to pay will come from home equity if you have it. The judge will make you buy her a life insurance policy because you may kill yourself when you see you walk away with nothing and no place to live. Your kids are alienated from you. The only solution – don’t sign a marriage contract that puts you in that position. It’s a bad deal for men – great for her.

  2. I went through a lot of financial crisis after my divorce, I had to raise my two kids alone, Currently I’m living smart and frugal with my money. Bought my second house already. Saving and investing lifestyle in the financial market made it possible for me; even till now I earn monthly through passive income. I’m planning on retiring when my kids finish college..

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