I disagree with all the posts that say you are going to lose everything and should cut and run. I would let things play out a bit first.
Your shareholding, although small, is yours and not part of the divorce pot. You may have some sort of tenancy on your cottage and maybe the land as well. This may be written down or just deemed.
Assuming that there are no dependent children and it's mother going for fathers stake, it is likely that any divorce court will take into account the following.:
Each parties needs following the divorce such as housing and money. This to some extent will take into account current lifestyles.
Each parties involvement in the business, was mum a partner? work on the farm? or work off it?
Future earning abilities and pension needs, if dad had all the pensions, mum gets a share.
If the land is owned was it inherited with a view to passing on through the family ( good) or was it bought with money during the marriage ( not so good),? That's assuming that you're not tenants.
All this assumes that your Father wants to continue farming and doesn't just say F**k it and sell up.
Why don't you try to work out a deal and buy the property, your money is as good as anyone's
I personally think that it beholdes' everyone to make there own way in life rather than waiting on a relative/parent to pass on in the hopes of inheriting.
When you have made it on your own, it gives more than just pride, look life in the eye.
I think you could probably drop the "ag" from your statement, yet people certainly want to come to ukI keep in touch with what goes on, have relatives who farm in UK.
Take your point though, UK Ag is a slow return, kind of mired in the past with a lot of red tape thrown in........cannot imagine why anyone would want it.
Evening all, well the parents’ divorce came through about a year ago.