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I married a thai lady in 2005 and we lived in a house that

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I married a thai lady in 2005 and we lived in a house that i had bought before we married. it was in my name only. we moved and bought a house in joint names in may 2008. she only lived in this house one month before leaving in july 2008. we divorced 4 years ago. we were only married 3 years before she left. in the 3 years she also built a house in thailand and took all our investment gold jewellery when she left now i have had a letter from her solicitor saying she is claiming the house. she has never contributed to this house. where do i stand??

 

the letter i received from her solicitor said that she wanted to settle this amicably. i replied i was willing to meet and discuss what she wanted but they didnt agree. they want 3 estate agents valuations and the mortgage balance.

i have replied that in my opinon "amicable " means sitting down face to face and coming to an agreement.

Today i received a letter saying they want to start court proceedings

Hi
Thank you for your question
I shall do my best to assist you but I need some further information first
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage?
Did you live together prior to the mortgage - if so for how long?
How much is the property In Thailand and the Gold worth?
Claire
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi


the house is worth around £105k


on 30th april 2013 the balance on mortgage was £61369.95


 


we lived together from december 2004 in the property i owned before marriage.


we married in january 2005.


 


i paid £70k with a £10k deposit. sold it for 83k in may 2008


 


we completed the new house in may 2008. i moved in while she was on holiday in thailand from may to june 2008


 


in july 2008 she moved out.


 


I have paid all mortgage payments of between £540 and £570 a month ,and invested in renovation of property about £5000


 


the property in thailand i would estimate at about £10k


 


the gold i bought for £1000 which is worth about £4000 at todays prices


 


Dave


 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi


the house is worth around £105k


on 30th april 2013 the balance on mortgage was £61369.95


 


we lived together from december 2004 in the property i owned before marriage.


we married in january 2005.


 


i paid £70k with a £10k deposit sold it for 83k in may 2008


 


we completed the new house in may 2008. i moved in while she was on holiday in thailand from may to june 2008


 


in july 2008 she moved out.


 


I have paid all mortgage payments of between £540 and £570 a month ,and invested in renovation of property about £5000


 


the property in thailand i would estimate at about £10k


 


the gold i bought for £1000 which is worth about £4000 at todays prices


 


Dave


 

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

the house in thailand was built on land owned by her parents and she paid most of the building costs while we were still together.


 


i have never been to the house but have photos of the construction and the plans as i designed the house.


 


 

HI
I am afraid that the length of your relationship means that your ex does indeed have a claim on the Matrimonial Home.
Given her lack of financial contribution I would doubt that she has a claim on a 50% share - and the assets that she has retained also need to be taken into account.
You should get the valuations done and then suggest going to Family mediation (www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk) to negotiate the settlement
I hope that this is of assistance, please ask if you need further details
Claire
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