recently separated from partner of 19 years. Not married, 2 children together 12 & 13, and 2 children from my previous partner (deceased) 22,23 that he has raised for 19 years. Throughout our time together, we have lived in his house, my name is not on the mortgage or any household bills. I have worked pretty much the whole time in various local jobs for minimum wage, on his insistence. We have separate bank accounts, and he has paid all household/food bills in this time, while I have paid for anything for myself/children and pretty much the interior of the house minus large electrical/sofas etc.
I have got into roughly 20k of debt over this time, while he was happily earning up to & just over 100k a year until he took redundancy 2 years ago, and is now employed full time at around 70k. I have received no help from him financially in this time, apart from minimal housekeeping.
i now work full time running a pub, working 45hrs a week, 4 late nights per week….so when I left him, sadly it made sense for the children’s to remain in the house with him, & stay with me 2 days/nights per week, and visit whenever we are all free to do so. My wages cover my debts only & leave me £50pw to live on. I’m currently housesitting for friends for 7 months while they’re abroad, so no living costs at the moment barring food.
need advice on what I am entitled to financially from the split, if anything.
My parents put 15k into his house for maintenance to be done (despite his earnings he does zero maintenance)
It’s probably best to seek proper legal advice, try this organisation:
‘Rights of women 020 7251 6577 We are a women’s charity working in a number of ways to help women through the law. Our vital services aim to provide women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights.’