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Second marriages and pre acquired assets

01 March 2011

We acted for a husband who was 58 and was divorcing his second wife after an 8 year marriage. He had met and married wife number two after the entirety of his pension had been accrued, his house was his own, and he had a successful business up and running. The wife also had a property and job, but was no where near as financially secure as our client. At court the wife sought to argue that the entirety of the assets should be included in the division, including the pre-martial assets (e.g. the husband’s substantial pension). We argued that the division should be limited to the monies accrued during the marriage. The judge agreed with our position and our client retained his own assets, business and, most importantly for him, his pension in its entirety.