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I am 59. 15 months ago my husband left me after 40 years of marriage to live with another woman in her house. He now wants to sell our home and split the money. As there won’t be enough for me to buy another property, would I have a claim on my husband’s work pension? We are not legally separated or divorced.

You should discuss your finances in detail with a solicitor specialising in matrimonial work. Don’t sign away your claim on the house before doing so! The divorce courts wouldn’t necessarily split it 50/50; it’s possible for example that you could keep the house if you were to forgo maintenance, but it will depend what other assets (including your husband’s pension) are available to divide between you. 

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