Breaking up means you will now each need a home, possessions and the financial means to meet your living expenses.
You can agree how you divide belongings, savings, investments, income and other assets between you in whatever way you like. However it may sometimes be useful to know how a court would deal with your situation and what they would consider to be a sensible outcome and you may wish to take this into account in your discussions. This section explains how the courts - and solicitors - would deal with different types of assets in coming to a sensible outcome. The approach a court would take, and the powers that it has, depends on whether you are unmarried or married or in a civil partnership.
Whatever your circumstances, you can agree how to split your assets and you don't necessarily have to involve lawyers or the courts. However, you may prefer to use a family lawyer or a mediator – see Useful links.
If you are married or in a civil partnership you will find information on how to split what you currently share with your partner and how the things you own personally may be affected.Find out more about married couples and civil partners
If you are unmarried you will find information on how to split what you currently share with your partner and how the things you own personally may be affected.Find out more about unmarried couples