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My sister got married to her husband in October 2004 but as

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My sister got married to her husband in October 2004 but as of February 2010 they have been seprated and have now decided to file for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences in the marriage.

The question now arises as to what about the assets that have been built up during the tenure of the marriage and as to how UK law would govern the apportionment of these assets.

They bought a house in 2005, an ex-council house under the 'Right To Buy' scheme in which he had been staying in prior to their marriage and had an intention to buy regardless whether he had been married to my sister or not - although that is what he claims. Does she still qualify for a portion of the house as part of her divorce settlement and does it matter as to where his source of funds to buy the house came from?

Secondly my sister was gifted by her mother in late 2005 a commercial property with a sitting tenant. He claims in any divorce proceedings he would entitled to a 50% share of that property as his right because the asset came into existence in her life during their marriage. Is that valid and correct?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  JGM replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

The second part of your question is straightforward. Anything gifted from a third party is not matrimonial property and he has no right to a share of the commercial property.

As far as their own house is concerned, can you tell me, is the title in joint names or in his sole name? Is there a mortgage? Who paid for the house?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
The house is in his name only. There is no mortgage, however there is a £20000 repair bill from the council which is due to renovation as the entire block of flats was done up. He paid for the house.
Expert:  JGM replied 4 years ago.
There is a case on this which I am trying to get. I'll come back to you as soon as I get it. Do not respond to this message in the meantime.
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