I meet a young lady in June 2009 we got engaged in June 2010 and she ended the relationship in march this year 2012. She is now stating that she is entitled to 50% of all I own, is that correct?
System of Law: EU
Nothing trying to reach an ammicable agreement out of court.
Hello and thank you for your question, which I will be happy to assist you with. Please confirm that you were not married?
HIWhich country do you live in?Claire
I spend my time 50/50 in England and France, my ex lives in France and the time that we have spent together has been predominately in France
HiDid you live together at all?Claire
Sorry only just seen your question.Yes, I stayed at her house when in France from early on in the relationship, and we moved into the Chateau together in July 2010 but moved out again in August 2011. Her home has always been her home never ours!
HiWhat financial links did you have?Claire
She had large debts when we meet, I paid those off and paid her and her ex's mortgage off just before her house was repossessed by the bank. Once I had purchased the Chateau in June 2010 I did set up a joint account, but I was the only one to deposit money into that account. It has had a large sum of money go through it as I have paid for the rebuilding works from that account. When I purchased the Chateau, as the relationship was still young, it was purchased in my sole name and still is in my sole name.
HiIn that case this is a matter would be dealt with under French law and I will transfer the question to the French Law sectionClaire
I replied to you last night but have heard nothing from you French law section. Can you please update me?
Hello,Welcome to the French law section. Unless you were married, in which case half of every assets acquired since the date of the marriage belong to her, you owe nothing. There is only a remote possibility that one of the party could sue the other for damages if the engagement was broken in an unusually emotionally or psychologically damaging manner...
Thank you for your reply, how remote and what is classed as unusually emotionally or psychologically damaging. Bearing in mind that she broke the relationship and not me.
I could only give you examples: that she broke the engagement just a few days before the wedding because she discovered you were having affair with her best friend, or that you were not who you pretended you were... And anyway, this would not give her a right to half your assets... Unless of course you contractually agreed to such an arrangement...
8 years as a Senior judge at Paris Conseil de Prud'hommes (Paris Industrial Tribunal)
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