Can wife force me to sell house?

I BOUGHT my house in 2000 and married in 2006.

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The house is paid in full and only my name is on the title deeds. My wife left one year ago but we are not yet divorced.

Can she force me to sell the house to give her a share?

YOU bought your house before you had any intention of it being a family home, and thus your wife does not have a claim on it fundamentally.

However, she may be able to show she contributed to its increase in value during the marriage and make a claim for part of that.

If it was the children's main residence, any claim that forced you to sell the house to pay it would probably be deferred until the youngest was at least 16. Get detailed advice.

I WAS made bankrupt in 2011 and have been paying £35 per week from my wages of £227 per week.

My wife passed away in January and I had to borrow £4300 from my daughter. I applied for the bereavement fund and they are paying me £103 per week for a year and asked that it be paid into my daughter's bank.

Will my trustee be looking to take this from me?

A BANKRUPT debtor cannot borrow without telling whoever they wish to borrow from that they are bankrupt. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.

I presume your daughter knew about your bankruptcy.

You are also duty bound to advise your trustee of a change in circumstances.

If your trustee gets to know about unauthorised borrowing, then he or she may take action against you including a bankruptcy restriction order. It may also put back the date of your discharge from sequestration.

MY employer is making noises about sacking me. I have been off ill with a chronic back problem for nearly a year.

EMPLOYERS have a right to expect workers to come to work, and if that is not practical, to dismiss - eventually.

The employer must not act impulsively and must make inquiry as to whether the employee will recover in reasonable time, if there is alternative work they can do, and that medical evidence is there to help a fair decision to be reached.

I WAS a bus passenger and thrown from my seat when the driver braked suddenly.

He said an old lady had walked into his path. He missed her. I've tried to make a claim but the firm's insurance company says it was not his fault.

BUS drivers have a duty to drive with due care and attention for ALL affected by their driving including you, and it is reasonably foreseeable that sharp braking will cause passengers to lose balance if there are no seat belts.

Was he driving too fast? Was he not paying attention? More investigation is needed before you let them away with it.


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