Thank you for your patience.
As regards ***** ***** of the first property, if you put in a significant deposit, this would hopefully have been protected by a deed of trust or agreement of a similar nature. If it was not, it leaves you in a vulnerable position given that you were joint owners of the property, as the presumption with a jointly owned property (under joint tenancy rather than tenants in common, where shares are specified as a percentage) is that you both legally own the whole of the property in equal shares. This means that the deposit, if not protected, is effectively swallowed up in to the joint pot. It's possible in a non-marital dispute to make equitable arguments about the deposit amount to try and ring fence it before a settlement is agreed, but when you then marry, without any protection over the deposit on the family home it will perhaps be difficult to argue that the despot amount is effectively yours alone.
Agreeing a settlement in terms of a cash sum rather than a percentage is sensible if you are being bought out, but not if you are agreeing a Mesher order.
As to the house valuation, you can insist on a surveyor's valuation rather than estate agents virtual valuations, in order to get a true price. There is a fee for this type of report of a few hundred pounds, but its probably worth the spend to get the right price for the sake of the agreement.
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