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What are we each entitled to in our divorce settlement?

What does the law say about how to split the house, how to share pensions and other assets, and how much maintenance is payable.

What steps can we take to reach a fair agreement?

The four basic steps to reaching an agreement on divorce finances are: disclosure, getting advice, negotiating and implementing a Consent Order.

What is a Consent Order and why do we need one?

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that finalises a divorcing couple's agreement on property, pensions and other assets.


My House - what is my partner entitled to?

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23 Jun 12 #338638 by Tidmouthmilk
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I am in the early stages of seperating from my long term partner (at her request) and need some general advice.

I purchased my house many years before she moved in and we have lived together for 20 years.

We have jointly paid the monthly utility bills, however any home improvements have been paid for by me.

We both have grown up kids ( who we had from previous relationships and have never lived with us) and are both retired.

Does she have any legal right to remain in my house and / or any claim to a share of the property?

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23 Jun 12 #338641 by LittleMrMike
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Before this question could be answered I would need to know whether you were married.

LMM

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23 Jun 12 #338643 by hadenoughnow
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Welcome to Wiki. I assume you are not married. The ruled are very different.
Is the house in your sole name?
If you are not married and she is not on deeds then her only claim would be under property law. She could make a claim based on having a beneficial interest. If you search the site using the search bar at the top of the page, you will find information to help you.

It can be a messy and expensive procedure. To avoid this sort of thing, we normally suggest you agree to pay some ''go away'' money. The amount will depend on you and your circumstances but it should be at least enough for a deposit and a few months rent if possible.

Hadenoughnow

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23 Jun 12 #338644 by Tidmouthmilk
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Hi thanks for your reply, no we have never been married, but have cohabited together for 20 years.

And as previously mentioned we have no children together either.

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23 Jun 12 #338646 by Tidmouthmilk
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Hi thanks for your reply the house is in my name only and you presume correctly that we have never been married.

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