Generally, any investments or savings in your sole name belong to you alone. And any owned in your ex-partner’s sole name belong to them alone.
But if, for example, you’ve made a contribution towards their solely owned assets, you might be able to make a claim for a share (and vice versa).
If you want to do this, you need to act quickly and get advice from a solicitor who specialises in family law.
In England or Wales, you need to show you had a ‘beneficial interest’ in your ex-partner’s investments or savings.
In Scotland, you need to show:
- you’ve suffered what’s called ‘economic disadvantage’ – are financially worse off, or
- your ex-partner has obtained an ‘economic advantage’ as a result of the relationship.
You have one year to make a claim from the date of your separation.
Making a claim might be expensive, so it’s worth getting legal advice before you begin any court action.
You might also need to arrange for any investments to be valued.