Ex Wife went Bankrupt joint mortgage etc

Hi all,
Not sure if anyone can help me with this or not or whether Im in the right place! So my Ex-wife went bankrupt due to massive gambling debts (£140K+) we have a joint mortgage with NatWest and a secured loan through Precise, I have managed to buy back her share of the property through working like mad over the last year so the OR does not have any charge over my property, however the property is owned in joint names and I would like to get her off the mortgage and the secured loan and have the property put entirely into my name. 
Sounds straightforward but it isnt really, when I left the house to rent last year for 6 months she was only paying half the mortgage and none of the secured loan, I was paying my rent so could not afford to pay my rent and the mortgage and secured loan, infact the only way I could afford to move out was to to a DMP with Stepchange which Im currently still paying.
What I am worried about is NatWest and potentially Precise not letting me put the mortgage into my name only due to the fact I have a DMP, despite the fact I have been paying the mortgage and secure loan for the last year, I have cleared the arrears on the secured loan this month and as I had been able to maintain payments to NatWest for a year they have capitalized my arrears so that they are added to the mortgage and I am no longer in arrears with them.

Im just wondering what my chances are really, of them letting me do this, I know its a joint mortgage so if she comes off then effectively its more of a risk to NatWest and Precise as they only have one person to come after for the debt, but she lost her job so works part-time earning not much and is a discharged Bankrupt so I dont really see her as 'good' security anyway but I know the Banks wont look like that.

If they do say no despite the fact I can afford it as Ive proved over the last year then I am potentially stuck with her on the mortgage until some time that the DMP comes off my creditfile and I can remortgage elsewhere. The good thing is we get on fine and she isnt desperate to come off the mortgage at all but I would like to protect the fact that I have had to effectively buy out her share of the house (£30k) but the deeds still have her name on it.

Any advice is greatly appreciated and if Im in the wrong place here please let me know, just wasnt sure where to post.


  • Impossible to say, especially without figures.  But lending criteria have tightened, so few lenders will be looking to reduce their chances of getting repaid at present.
  • MovingForwardsMovingForwards Forumite
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    @ACG @haras_n0sirrah are brokers, the former specialises in adverse credit clients, the latter I've seen pass good comments.

    Being in a DMP now will restrict options to non-mainstream lenders. For sub-prime lenders usually the DMP has to be running satisfactorily for a minimum of 12 months, but I've not looked to see how the criteria has changed due to Covid.

    Affordability isn't based on being able to pay the mortgage, it's also about being able to still pay it if rates increase by about 7% over the current rate charged by the lender plus all your other outgoings.

    Normally people ask on the mortgage board, I'm not sure if @sourcrates can move your thread over.
  • david385ukdavid385uk Forumite
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    I'm glad i never got married, i know so many friends and peers from school who got stung by a woman later on in life. Seems to be the norm these days, society has changed 
  • John_John_ Forumite
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    I'm glad i never got married, i know so many friends and peers from school who got stung by a woman later on in life. Seems to be the norm these days, society has changed 
    On the other hand you could have married a beautiful and intelligent woman who earned a huge wage and stayed by your side for a lifetime.
  • edited 26 November 2020 at 3:58PM
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    edited 26 November 2020 at 3:58PM
    I'm glad i never got married, i know so many friends and peers from school who got stung by a woman later on in life. Seems to be the norm these days, society has changed 
    It has.  It is called equality.  Back in the day is was often the woman that was being stung and left with the kids and little or nothing else.   

    Either way, that has nothing to do with the OP's situation and there is no indication that either party has intentionally acted to detriment of the other.  In this case the situation has arisen as a result of BR and, no matter what your intentions, it is often the case that you cannot protect those with whom you have a financial association or shared assets from being impacted by your BR.    
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