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Divorce Case Study – Property Owned Before Marriage

5th April 2016

By Family Law and Divorce Solicitor Tracey Moloney

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Client Situation

Mr and Mrs C had been married over 25 years and had recently started the process to get a divorce.

Mr C contacted us to discuss his divorce financial matters. He owned a number of properties in London which he rented out. One of the rental properties was purchased more than 15 years before the marriage.

A Court order had been made for the wife to have 55% of the total assets, which included the property that had been purchased long before they were married.

The Court order did not include in it who was going to pay for the Capital Gains Tax liability that would occur when Mr C sold some of the properties to comply with the Court order.

How We Helped

Divorce Solicitor Tracey Moloney asked the Court if we could appeal the order and we were given permission to appeal. The basis of the appeal was that the first Judge had not recognised that one of the properties should have been excluded from the order, because it was a pre-marital asset.

In addition, the first Judge also failed to recognise that Mr C would need to sell a large number of his rental properties to be in a position to release 55% of the financial assets to Mrs C. This would result in a large Capital Gains Tax debt for him, or if he transferred the properties to Mrs C, she would be liable for the Capital Gains Tax liability instead. The Court order also made no arrangements for who would be responsible for paying the Capital Gains Tax.

The Outcome

The Court of Appeal agreed with Tracey Moloney. The rental property Mr C had purchased before their marriage should be excluded from the divorce settlement, and the appeal made sure it was.

The Court of Appeal also requested that a Capital Gains Tax report be prepared and that Mr and Mrs C would share the Capital Gains Tax costs equally.

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