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Hello, my name is Marcus.
Sadly as you are married the court would consider it the Family Home upon which she would have a claim.
You can put it in trust but the court can set aside any such transaction if they believe it was done to defeat a claim. Also the MHRN may also make such a transaction difficult.
How old are the children and with whom do they live.
With whom do they live you or mother. You mention a safe house is that with mother.
If the children are in the care of mother then sadly there is nothing you can do to prevent mother making a claim against it.
The reason is solely down to being married and as such it is considered a marital property. Had there been no children then your initial contribution would have been recognised but on the circumstances as there are children assets are divided according to need regardless.
I am sorry that this is not what you want to hear.
Do you have a marriage certificate or was the marriage just a ceremony.
If it was recognised as a marriage rather than just a ceremony in Ethiopia then it would be considered as a valid marriage in the UK.
Honesty I do not want to be seen as being difficult I just want to provide robust and realistic advice.
Why do you have a marriage certificate if it was only a ceremony.
Whilst you were together did you ever complete forms etc in the course of general life where you referred to being married?
So in day to day life did you ever refer to being married?
Are you able to attach a copy of the marriage certificate.
You have issued a divorce petition.
Just to clarify is your position that you are married and thus sadly accept that the house is marital or that you are not married it was just an unofficial ceremony and as a consequence she has no claim on the house.
Sadly that means that it is not possible to protect you house from a claim.
As I say I am sorry I cannot give you the answer you would have liked.