Q. My husband and I are separating after five years together. We are getting on well so we decided we would both stay in our home until the summer when we will put it on the market. Once it is sold, we will settle our relationship property. I wasn’t going to look for another house just yet, but I have come across the perfect property for me and I would like to make an offer. My parents are going to gift me the money for the deposit, but they are worried that my husband could have a claim on it, given that our divorce hasn’t been finalised. I don’t think he would do that but is it a possibility?

In this NZ Herald Ex-Files article, I discuss how you can protect your property in this situation.