What rights do you have to stay in your home if you split up with your partner? This section provides information about welfare benefits and the rights of couples with dependent children.
If you are separated from your partner, you may also be able to claim child maintenance.
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.
Counselling and mediation may help if you're at risk of losing your home because of a breakdown in your relationship with your partner or family.
When splitting up with your partner, you'll have to make decisions about where you will live. What are your options after relationship breakdown?
If you're thinking about leaving your home, it's important to work out your housing options. You should also think about protecting any interest you might have in the home, in case you ever want to return.
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.
You could ask a court to make an occupation order if you want to exclude your ex-partner from the home or the right to return there.
What rights do you have to live in a home that's owned or rented only in the name of your husband, wife or civil partner?
Options if you're married or in a civil partnership and trying to sort out your long-term rights to a home bought by one or both of you.
You don't have an automatic right to the home your partner owns if you are living together, but you may have a beneficial interest.
Claiming a beneficial interest is a way of getting the court to recognise your financial contributions (or otherwise) towards the home.
It may be possible to avoid court action if you're a homeowner and have split up with your partner. See what the alternatives are and what a court can do.
If you split up with your partner, you may need to take steps to make sure they cannot sell the home without your agreement.
Courts have wide powers and can make decisions about your home during divorce or the dissolving of a civil partnership. Find out what orders can be made.
Following relationship breakdown, find out about your long-term rights if you are married or in a civil partnership and sharing a rented home
This page explains your housing options after relationship breakdown if you are cohabiting, but not married or in a civil partnership
A court could help you sort out any housing issues after a relationship breakdown. But there are a number of pros and cons if you do take court action.
If your ex-partner is the sole tenant, you may need to transfer the tenancy of your home into just your name. Find out more about transferring a tenancy.