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My girlfriend of 4 years (+ her 2 young daughters) is moving

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My girlfriend of 4 years (+ her 2 young daughters) is moving in shortly. I live in my own house with my son. I have owned the house for 9 years.
I intend to pay all the bills. The girlfriend will only buy clothes for herself and her 2 daughters.
Under what circumstances (if any) will my girlfriend have a monetary claim on me or my house if we ever split up?

I hope you can help. Thank you.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Family Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.

Are there any children of the relationship with your girlfriend (ie. not from your respective prior relationships with other persons)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

None Tom.

Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for your patience.

Ultimately if you remain unmarried to her and do not have any children with her then provided:
1. She does pay more in rent or other expenses than she would in her own private residential accomdation
2. She does not pay capital sums from the mortgage
3. She does not carry out improvements to the property which substantially increases it’s value
Then she would not be advised that she has a claim against the property.

If you stick to the above you will protect yourself.

You need to contact the lender of your mortgage and explain that she is going to move in. They may ask her to execute their standard form Deed of Postponement, which they will send to you. In this she will state that she does not have a financial interest in the property at the time of occupation and shall not claim such before the lender’s first legal charge (ie. the lenders mortgage over the property

She will have to take it to a local solicitor to witness his execution of it, they probably will and this will cost around £10.00. If he wishes to receive advice from a local solicitor on it then it would cost around £60.00

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Kind regards,

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for that Tom,

She will not be paying me any rent. Is that a worry?

Expert:  Thomas replied 1 year ago.
No. Non-payment of rent simply means that it will be even more difficult for her to make a claim.

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