UK Family Law
UK Family Law Questions Answered by Verified Experts
Are you to actually marry?
Will you be purchasing the property before you get married?
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.
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