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Married/civil partners: joint owners

This content applies to England & Wales

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.

In virtually all cases, property law applies equally to married and cohabiting couples (heterosexual, lesbian and gay). It is not, therefore, covered in detail in this section, because most divorcing couples will use matrimonial/family law. Where appropriate, references are made to the other parts of the Relationship breakdown section for more detailed information on property law.

For more information about domestic violence, see the Domestic violence section.

The law on relationship breakdown

Overview of the legislation covering relationship breakdown issues. 

What is joint ownership?

An explanation of what is joint ownership. 

Rights to occupy the home

Rights to occupy the home of joint owners who are married or in a civil partnership. 

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. 

Financial issues

This section identifies other financial issues that may arise on the breakdown of a relationship. 

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