In the above answer, you stated that my wife and I got married in 1999. My now wife moved into the family home in 1999, but we didn't get married until 2006. I took a mortgage out in 2002 and then remortgaged in 2006. We also had a child in 2003 before we got married in 2006. Would my wife have legal entitlement since 1999.
The house was never in my wife's name. It has been in my name only. I bought the site and built the house. Does this make a difference
3. Dear Mick, whilst the fact the house has been in your name is of significance, this does not prevent your wife obtaining an interest in it. It is most common in Ireland for the house to be in the husband's name but this does not prevent the wife from obtaining a half share in it. It is relevant that you bought the site and built the house but this does not determine the issue of who now owns the house.