How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Thomas Your Own Question
Thomas, Solicitor
Category: UK Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 7432
Experience:  BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Type Your UK Family Law Question Here...
Thomas is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hello, My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am currently in a long term relationship.

This answer was rated:

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am currently in a long term relationship. My Girlfriend has aprox £100k from her previous marriage and i have aprox £50k from my previous marriage. We have a disabled son and our current house is too small for us and his equipment.
My question is If we get buy a house together and our relationship does not work out (very rocky at times) will i be able to get my share back. I do not want any of her money but do not want to wait for 10 years plus for my son to grow up.
Do you recomend a prenup?
Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks very much


Are you to actually marry?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Hello Tom,
Not as yet but im sure marriage will be on the cards if it all works out.



Will you be purchasing the property before you get married?



Customer: replied 5 years ago.





If you are to purchase a property and are contributing unequal shares then I should imagine your girlfriend will wish to have these contributions reflected in a declaration of trust. This means that you will hold your interest sepraterly as tenant's in common and that your shares would pass according to your respective will and not automatically to the remaining joint owner.


It would state that you each have a certain percentage interest in the equity of the property. If you separate then you can apply for an order for sale of the property (if she can't buy you out). The most important concern will be that the child is adequately housed, provided the child can post-sale and division of equity the basic view is that an order would be made.


You should also consider outlining your cohabition in a cohabitation agreement which refer to the declaration fo trust and properyt but also to what should happen to assets acquired during the cohabitation and what should happen upon separation. It would cost around £300+vat from a family solicitor.


Before marriage you may consider a pre-nuptual agreement.


If this is useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. You will be free to ask follow up questions.


Kind regards,


Thomas and other UK Family Law Specialists are ready to help you

Related UK Family Law Questions