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Thanks for your question. I am a solicitor in Scotland. The law as it concerns cohabitants who are unmarried is contained in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1986. Your ex is entitled to none of the money gifts to you by your dad. If the house is owned jointly, the norm would be that each of you would be entitled to an equal share. However, if you have contributed more this puts you at a disadvantage and you could claim a capital payment from your ex using section 28 of the Act. If nothing can be agreed, your claim would have to submitted to the court within a year of your separation. I’m not sure what your ex’s proposal is about buying another house and adding it to the mortgage and extending the term but it doesn’t sound like a very good idea. Happy to discuss further if you can explain this a little more. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
Child maintenance would be based on his gross salary. It would also take into account the number of nights per year he takes the boys. Can’t you tell me his gross earnings? The main issue is to make sure all of you have a home. Can you give me some values? House, mortgage, how much cash each of you have etc. I will take this up in the morning.
Child maintenance would be about £113 per week were he to see the children overnight for 2-3 nights. If it was more or less than that the maintenance figure would vary.
As you are not married you would each keep your respective savings and you would be entitled to credit for the money you've put into the house.