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My ex husband lives in a house we owned jointly when married,

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My ex husband lives in a house we owned jointly when married, he is unable to obtain a mortgage in his own name and I have allowed him time to clear his finances to remortgage. However he is getting remarried and the new wife will be living at the house. Are they any legal implications as up to now my 2 sons were in his will as his next of kin and would inherit the property (the equity in it) should he die?
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How long have you been divorced?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.



Decree Absolute was Aug 2009


agreement for the remortgage was til Oct 2015 (when a second charge on the property is paid off).

Thank you.
What is the house worth?
Each of your incomes?
Live with who and where?
Please give details of the solicitors agreement that you mention.
Married how long?
Together how long before that?
How long aprt?
Any other details please.?
I am offline now until tomorrow and will pick this up then

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

House worth £350K

Mortgage interest only £250K

my income 55k

ex income 98k

2 boys 13 and 15 years old

both live with me no maintenance paid, he has them every other weekend

deed of separation as we have 2 businesses with equal shares in

married 10 years

together 3 before

separated 6 years

main concern is what rights the new wife will have if he dies (older man and she has lost 2 husbands already and owes a mortgage free house through one)



If he lives in the house still, where do you live?
The house is still in joint names?
Will you be happy for the wife to live in the jointly owned house?
Is it still joint tenants or has it been changed to tenants in common
Why hasnt the house been sold?
Why cant he get a mortgage /house in own name?
Together 13 years? is he not 15yr old father?
I am offline now till tomorrow so please bear with me. Thanks
Just to check - was there a Financial Court within the divorce proceedings which set out the agreement that you have outlined?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.



Yes he still lives in the house with girlfriend and her children. I own another house solely in my name.


Yes the property he lives in is still in joint names

Would not be happy for the wife to live in the jointly owned house as my mortgage has a higher rate attached to it as it is viewed as a second property

The ex wants to keep the house no matter what.

He is in debt

Together 13 year separated 5 years - 18 years total


Was there a Court Order made at the time of the divorce?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

There was a consent order in place which gives date house has to be sold by


Do you receive any of the equity when the house is sold?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Yes £35,000
Is there any provision for early settlement if he remarries?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
No nothing
May I ask why you haven't applied for maintenance?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
There was money in the company which I had instead, the main concern I have is whether the wife to be has any rights to the house in the event of his death
Yes I am afraid that his new wife will indeed have a claim on the house but only on your ex's interest in it.
This will not mean that you loose your money - you will still be able to force a sale in 2015 if he does not re-mortgage and you will receive your money - just that your ex's share is shared by his new partner
However there really is no reason why you should not apply for child maintenance
I hope this is of assistance - please ask if you need more information
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Category: UK Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 34105
Experience: 25 years exeperience
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