You and the Law – 27th April 2010

Stake in a house

I was married for 14 years, during which time we split up for a while.  She bought a house in her sole name, and when we got back together I paid the mortgage and for most of the things in the house since she was at college.

However, we’ve now been divorced for three years and she has moved her boyfriend in.  She says I’ve no claim on the house since my name is not on the deeds and there’s no proof I paid for anything.  BJ

You should see a solicitor immediately and register a notice on the property.  Although you are divorced you evidently haven’t reached a financial settlement with your ex-wife.

Even if you hadn’t contributed to the mortgage you would still have a claim against her, but the fact that you did will enhance your claim.  Since you were married, the fact that your name isn’t on the title deeds is really neither here nor there.

I’m assuming you haven’t since remarried: if you have you may not be able to pursue this, dependant on the circumstances.

A short break

We work for a cleaning company, doing 10 hours a week.  We only get 20 days holiday a year, and we’re told to take the rest as public holidays.

We think this is wrong because they’re not holidays we choose ourselves.  We think we should get 28 days holiday a year like everybody else.  MP

I’m afraid not everybody does get 28 days holiday on top of public holidays.
Your situation is much more common, although if you work 10 hours a week you should get a minimum of 56 hours paid leave a year.

Until comparatively recently there was no automatic entitlement to any holiday, even the public ones.  The law which brought in an entitlement to paid holiday states that this can include public holidays.

The annual paid holiday entitlement is  5.6 weeks to include the eight public holidays.  When you take your holidays depends on  your employment contract.

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