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Housing rights of married sole tenants

This content applies to England & Wales

The situation for married couples and civil partners where one of them is a sole tenant or sole licensee, and where the relationship has broken down.

Relationship breakdown law for spouses and civil partners in a sole tenancy

The effect of matrimonial, family and property law on the rights of married and civil partner sole tenants and licensees. The Children Act may also be used where there are children of the relationship 

Occupation orders under Family Law Act

Occupation orders that can be granted under the Family Law Act 1996 where one spouse or civil partner (or former spouse or civil partner) is the sole tenant. 

Long term occupation options

Solutions to deciding who stays in the home in the long term 

Paying rent

Liability for rent following the breakdown of a relationship. 

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