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This section will help you work out what rights you have to your home if you split up with your partner, and provides information about welfare benefits and the rights of couples with dependent children.
Use our relationship breakdown checker to see what your rights might be.
If you are at risk of domestic abuse it is important to get advice as soon as possible. Use our directory to find a local adviser, or call our free housing advice helpline. If you are unsafe you should leave the property.
Divorce proceedings and/or financial settlements.
Find out what to do and where to go if you split from your partner. Your options depend on whether you have anywhere else to stay, your rights to the home, and your financial situation.
If you want to stay in or return to the home, you should think about protecting any interests you might have in it. What you can do depends on what rights you have to the home.
This page is a guide to how the courts might be able to decide what happens to the home in the short-term. The orders it can make will depend on your rights and individual circumstances.
Find out about the long-term solutions if you split from your partner, when one or both partners own the home. Your options will depend on the rights you both have to your home, and other issues such as finances and whether you have children.
These pages explain how to resolve what happens to your rented home in the long-term, following the breakdown of a relationship.