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.
This page will help you think about some of the decisions you'll have to make when you split up with a partner. These might include where you're going to live, whether to divorce or dissolve a civil partnership, and financial issues.
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.
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.
If you are married or in a registered civil partnership, ‘matrimonial home rights’ (or ‘home rights’) can give you the right to live in your home, even if your partner/spouse is the sole owner or tenant of the property.
If you are married or in a civil partnership and are trying to sort out your long-term rights over the owner-occupied home, there are options, even if you're not an owner yourself.
If you are not married or in a civil partnership then your long-term rights depend firstly on whether you own your home. If you don't, you will have no automatic rights to the home, but you can still ask the court to recognise any contributions you've made.
Claiming a beneficial interest is a way of getting the court to recognise your financial contributions (or otherwise) towards the home.
People go to court when they can't agree on a solution. Going to court can be time-consuming and costly, so problems are usually best settled out of court, for example by using mediation, or negotiation.
If you and your partner split up, it is important to make sure that your partner doesn't sell the home without your agreement. If this happens, you are likely to lose any rights to the home you might have had.
Following relationship breakdown, couples who are married or in a civil partnership have the strongest legal rights when settling disputes over property. If you are cohabiting, there are still options for claiming your fair share of the home.
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 may be able to help you sort out problems with your rented home after the breakdown of a relationship
If your partner is the sole tenant, you may be able to have the tenancy transferred into just your name