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Married/civil partners: sole owner

This content applies to England & Wales

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. Information about rights to occupy the 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 sections in 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 sole ownership?

A definition of sole ownership. 

Rights to occupy the home

The rights to occupy the home of people 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

Other financial issues that may arise on the breakdown of a relationship. 

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