Buying French house share and CGT

We are both divorced and not remarried and live and pay tax in the UK. We bought a second home in France in 1997, ‘en indivision’. I have two children and my partner a son from the previous marriages. She wants to help her son buy UK property so I plan to buy her half share of the French house. Should I do this after 2019 to avoid CGT and the 22-year rule? As outright owner, should I add a codicil to my UK will to ensure only my children inherit? What French or UK taxes do I face and are there other drawbacks?  J.G.

Firstly, (and generally) if you are divorced, and not remarried, your new partner has no automatic inheritance right if not left an interest in a will. Interestingly, too, a UK divorce automatically revokes a gift to an ex-spouse in an old will, but ...

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