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Relationship breakdown

Relationship breakdown

We understand that even if you are not married, when a relationship breaks down, it can be a difficult and stressful time.  So many couples bring assets such as properties with them into a relationship and we are here to help you with the consequences of when a relationship comes to an end.

What will happen to our shared property?

If you have not entered into a living together agreement then a lot will depend on how the property is owned or rented.  We will advise you on the most effective way to achieve a fair outcome for both parties.

If we are not married, am I still entitled to anything?

The laws protecting couples living together are not as comprehensive as for couples that are married.  In most circumstances the house is the most significant asset.

The starting point is to consider whose names are on the deed of the property, but there are some circumstances which may allow you to claim an interest in your partner’s home, for example if it is the family home for your children or if you have paid towards it.

This is a very complicated area of law and we can give you reliable and sympathetic advice about how to best deal with the situation.

What happens to the contents of the house?

If you are not married the basic rule is that each item belongs to whoever paid for it.


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