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Relationship breakdown

This content applies to England & Wales

Different relationship breakdowns and the effect they may have on tenancies, home ownership and other housing rights. Also covers domestic violence situations.

Married/civil partners: sole owner

Situation of married couples and civil partners whose relationship has broken down, where one of the spouses or civil partners owns the property and the other does not. 

Married/civil partners: joint owners

Situation of married couples and civil partners who are joint owners whose relationship has broken down, and rights to occupy the matrimonial home under matrimonial, family and property law. 

Cohabiting couples: sole owner

Situation of cohabiting couples whose relationship has broken down, where one of the cohabitants owns the property and the other does not. Rights to occupy the home under family and housing law, protecting those rights in the short and long term, and financial issues and considerations. 

Cohabiting couples: joint owners

The situation of cohabiting couples who are joint owners whose relationship has broken down. Rights to occupy the home under family and housing law. Protecting those rights in the short and long term, and financial issues and considerations. 

Married/civil partners: sole tenant

A look at married couples and civil partners where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, and where the relationship has broken down 

Married/civil partner: joint tenants

Situation of married people and civil partners who are joint tenants or joint licensees and whose relationship has broken down. 

Cohabiting couples: sole tenant

Cohabiting couples where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, where the relationship has broken down. 

Cohabiting couples: joint tenants

Cohabiting couples who are joint tenants or joint licensees and whose relationship has broken down. Rights to occupy the home under family and housing law. Protecting those rights in the short and long term, and financial issues and considerations. 

Domestic violence

Remedies available to victims of domestic violence. 

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