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Married/civil partner: joint tenants

This content applies to England & Wales

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

It gives information about rights to occupy the home under matrimonial, family and housing law. It looks at protecting those rights in the short and long term and covers financial issues and considerations. For more information about relationship breakdown and domestic violence, see the section on Domestic violence.

The law on relationship breakdown

For married people and civil partners experiencing a relationship breakdown who are joint tenants or joint licensees, the relevant law is a combination of matrimonial/family law and housing law. 

Rights to occupy the home

Rights that married couple/civil partner joint owners have to occupy the home. 

Resolving occupation disputes

Different ways in which occupation disputes can be resolved. 

Staying in the home long term

Ways in which decisions can be made as to who stays in the home in the long term. 

Liability for rent

Liability for rent following the breakdown of a relationship. 

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