Protecting a Mother and children from abusive husband

Marie represented a Mother of young children who was applying for an Occupation Order to have her husband removed and excluded from their jointly owned property. He was addicted to drugs and alcohol and being threatening and abusive, which was also putting the children at risk of significant harm.

At the First Directions Appointment it was successfully argued that a pension report was necessary to inform as how to share the pensions resulting in equality of income.

At the Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment the Husband argued that only the pensions accrued during the marriage were relevant and that the Wife’s inherited property should be considered a matrimonial asset.

The Wife argued that all pensions should be considered so that there was equality of pension income and that her inherited property should be retained by her.

With Christopher’s representation, the matter was settled at the Financial Dispute Resolution Appointment with the equity in the matrimonial home being shared equally, and a pension sharing order the effect of which was to equalise pension income. Furthermore the Wife retained her inherited property.