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Hi, I'm Lea
I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. Are you still together at this stage? Are you planning on living together or already doing so?
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
Firstly, you don't have to be together to have a child together. So don't feel you have to stay on that basis if things are not working out. If you do stay, then keep your finances separate - don't join your savings at all.
Secondly, as a cohabiting couple, she does not have any additional rights in relation to you or your income - or savings - and it is probably imminently sensible not to buy a property together at this stage. As I said above, keep your finances separate.
Thirdly, you will be liable for child maintenance for the child, but you will not be obligated to financially look after her.
Lastly, if you stay in the relationship, don't get married...marriage confers a lot more benefits if the relationship ends.
No, it didn't sound like you were trying to avoid responsibility. This is about protecting yourself financially - you can look after your child without having to share your savings with her.
Yes, of course. It's always best to be prepared.
Caution is a good thing.
You can still enjoy the relationship and the coming baby...and with any luck everything will work out perfectly.
Congratulations by the way on becoming a dad!
It's Lea actually - :0)
You're very welcome.
All the best to you.
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