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Are you married?
Normally, she will have no legal right to stay in the property if you ask her to leave except if she can prove that she has beneficial interest in the property. For example, if she can prove that she has made financial or other contributions to the house. The problem you might face, however, is that you have children and if the court decides that she needs the house for the children, then she might have an entitlement to the house.
Disputes regarding beneficial interests in property often arise where a property is solely owned by one cohabitant. The other cohabitant may have an interest where the cohabitant who owns the property in their sole name makes a valid express declaration of trust in writing declaring that they hold the property beneficially in trust for themselves and their cohabitant, and declaring their respective shares. This is an express trust. If there is no express trust, and a non-legal owner wishes to claim a beneficial interest, they must establish one of the following:
a resulting trust, which arises where the non-legal owner contributed in money or monies worth to the purchase, when there is a (rebuttable) equitable presumption that it was the cohabitants' common intention to hold the beneficial interests in proportion to their contributions.
a constructive trust, which may be established if a cohabitant can show a common intention that they should have a beneficial interest and, crucially, that they have acted to their detriment on this basis—the Court of Appeal has emphasised the need for claimants to produce evidence that is capable of establishing detrimental reliance
Here is a useful link for beneficial interest: https://england.shelter.org.uk/legal/relationship_breakdown/cohabiting_couples_sole_owner/rights_to_occupy_the_home/beneficial_interest#4
From what you have said, she will not have beneficial interest just underlaying a carpet of for a tub of paint. She can, however, claim that she needs the house for the children.
It would be better if you could both have a cohabitation agreement outlining who will get what if the property is purchased in your name and also terms relation to children.
That's right. Or you can offer her some lump sum payment so she can afford a house somewhere else for the children. There is a scheme which is called "Shared Ownership" for the first time buyer with less income.
Alternatively, she will stay in the house until the children are 18 or in full time education. In a very rare situation, she will have full entitlement to the house. However, please make sure if you have an agreement as she might claim later that you have promised her that she will get share if any of the properties is sold.
If she can't afford to pay, then you have to make the payment as otherwise she will have beneficial interest in it as she will contribute to the mortgage.
Here is a link for you to get the idea:
I would recommend you take the help of a lawyer as it is related to your property rights and you want things to be done properly.
If you want to find a solicitor to assist with this process, you can find a solicitor using the Law Society find a solicitor search option here: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk. You can search by town or postcode to find one near you, as well as area of law in this case trust law.
They are two separate document. But cohabitation agreement can cover the other as it will be expressly stated who will be entitled to what in the event of separation.
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You should do both as declarations of trust will be legally binding provided they are correctly executed and comply with the relevant formalities. However, cohabitation agreement can sometimes not be upheld by the court. But, in any event, it helps the court to understand the intention of the parties at the time of making the agreement. Hence, I would suggest you do both.
You also need to have two witnesses for the deed. You can keep with you. Make sure you have few copies as well.