When a relationship breaks down and comes to an end it is without a doubt one of the most stressful and upsetting experiences you will have to go through in your life and to make matters worse there is the added stress of having to deal with the home and shared assets that you once shared.
Unlike when a marriage breaks down the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 comes into play to help determine ownership of the matrimonial assets however, there is unfortunately no equivalent piece of legislation for unmarried couples.
For unmarried couples who share a home, ownership of the property and the items therein must be dealt with on the basis of pure property law and trust principles and working out who is legally entitled to claim what and how much can become complicated.
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