Is failure to contribute financially grounds for divorce? A legal expert answers

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“We are married in community of property, now if I should file for divorce is he liable to get half of everything? I really don’t want to lose my house.”

We’re unpacking the issues around divorce in our #dignifieddivorce series, to help parents navigate the legal and emotional implications of such a separation. This reader wrote in with a tricky question, and we reached out to legal experts for advice.

Good morning,

I read your article on Parent24 this morning and find it quite interesting.

I’ve been married for twenty-five years and out of that my husband’s only worked for +- ten years, he’s been home for the past five years and makes no effort to look for work.

We are married in community of property, now if I should file for divorce is he liable to get half of everything? We have a disabled 20-year-old daughter who is in our care.

I really don’t want to lose my house.

Regards,

Potential divorcee

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