The savings are held in a joint named account, they were built up over the last six years or so. He is saying that he exclusively saved the money and that I took £1000 each month to pay the bills. His argument is that I did not put into the account so I am not entitled to half. I have however, paid all of the household bills for the last 10/11 years without a contribution from him. I have the bank statements going back to 1998 to prove my outgoings. I work full-time and my earnings are around £1900 per month. His statement that I took £1000 every month is not quite true, he has used the savings to pay his tax bill for the last 6 years since he became a self-employed solicitor in a partnership. We had access to eachother's passwords for both our individual current accounts and the joint savings account and up until I left him there was never an issue with whose money was whose.
I have no idea what is left, if anything, of the £30,000 that was in the joint savings account, he has now bought a brand new house worth £190,000 so I guess he's used them for his deposit.
The savings have been used to improve the property that we jointly own which he is being 'fine' about. I hope you have enough information to give me an answer, he is stating that he has sought counsel about the savings and I have no legal right to any of them, please help!! By the way, I could not rate your response as it would not let me
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Certainly, by arranging thefinances the way you have, you have made it difficult.
The money is in a jointaccount and I assume that you both have access to it.
If not, and he will not coughup, when you are obviously faced with taking legal action to get some moneyfrom him.
I am not completely convincedby his argument although, he would say that rather than say, "yes, here youare, here is £15,000" particularly, if the relationship went sour.
My suggestion would be to geta solicitor to write saying quite specifically that these are joint savings andas such, you have an interest in 50% of them. In actual fact, your interest maybe more.
Ultimately, if he does notallow you to take 50% of this money (you may not have access) you are facedwith legal proceedings.
Meanwhile, if you do haveaccess to the funds but are reluctant to just take them out in case he allegestheft, I suggest you tell the bank that there is a dispute over this and thatthey should freeze the account. You could actually remove him as a signatory!But leave the money in there. If the account is frozen or just in your solename, the money will stay there until this is sorted and it might focus hismind
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