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Hi, thank you for your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I can help with this.
Your understanding is correct. When parties enter into an agreement at the point of purchasing a property, as to what would happen in the event that they separate, that will be applied by the courts later on in the event of separation.
As you are not married, non of the considerations that come with marriage need to be addressed.
As there were no subsequent payments to the house purchase price (other than the initial investment) there would be no additional entitlement to the property. The only other basis upon which an additional entitlements the property might arise, is where somebody carries out substantial improvements to the property.
However, making payments towards things like gas and electricity are typical usual everyday expenses, and will not assist in generating an interest in the property.
Does that answer your question?
Yes thankyou. She has never contributed in any way to improvements or updates to the property or any of the contents. If I was to allow her to keep the car she is using (which is registered in my name but I would transfer that) would the value of the car need to be taken off of the sum of money that I would owe her? Thanks
That would be a matter of agreement between you. My suggestion would simply be that you discuss this, and make a written note of what you agree. Otherwise, she might say, that you had given her the car anyway and still owe her for her contribution in the property.
She might be entirely honourable, and not do such a thing, but you never know.
The sensible thing is always to take steps to protect yourself, and to record things in writing.
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