There are a lot of matters on which we cannot be certain at the moment; when we will be able to see our family and friends again, when it will be safe for our children to return to school and for the vast majority of us when we will be able to return to work.
Paul Ridehalgh (Director/Solicitor in Dispute Resolution regularly deals with Prosecutions for the RSPCA and a case he dealt with was featured in their annual report:
RSPCA specialists found a huge variety of exotic animals being kept in near-derelict buildings as snow was falling. Although each species needs their own specialist diet and levels of heat, light and humidity, just as they do in the wild, inspectors found animals in dirty, freezing conditions, along with bones and carcasses.
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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