Can she take away my house? Mesher Order

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    After 11 years of cohabitation, we decided to split. We have 2 kids, 3 and 8.

    We agreed that I will have kids for 2 days per week and she will get 5.

    She is working part time despite having an option for full time as I was always working from home and doing all school runs. However, she always wanted a part time to have more time.

    She was going to move out and rent some property, I also offered her £7k just to help at the beginning. She can afford to pay the rent with UC and her part time work plus child support from me.

    Last year I purchased the house, and it is only in my name. I pay 100% mortgage and bills. However, recently she said she is not going to move out and that she will be getting a Mesher Order to stay in my house until youngest kid is 18. She also said I will have to move out and still pay the mortgage. I was shocked to learn this could be possible. I am in no position to pay the mortgage and rent every month. Currently I am on UC as my work decreased a lot and I am barely affording the mortgage.

    Is it possible for her to do it even if we never married and the house is only in my name?

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    Hi Mentos,   our single parent helpline may be able to advise if you are the primary carer or you have a 50/50 custody arrangement – if this does reflect your circumstances please call (freephone) on 0808 802 0925  opening hours Mon 10-6, Tues 10-4, Weds 10-1, 5-7, Thursday and Friday 10-4

    In addition you may find some of our info pages helpful.  I’ve added links to some of the pages that might be useful in your situation:

    Your home – Gingerbread

    Your housing rights when you separate – Gingerbread


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