What happens to the property?
If you are or have been cohabiting or living in a house that one or both of you own, the usual rule is to sell the property, pay off the mortgage and divide the proceeds. Or perhaps one of you may wish to buy out the other's share/interest. There are huge variations on how the proceeds are divided, especially where one or other side provided the deposit. Buying out the other person's share has potential legal pitfalls. Where you are married a more delicate balancing exercise has to take place and everyone’s needs, particularly those of any children, are a much greater consideration for the Courts. If you are co-habiting things become much more difficult, particularly if you do not officially own the property, but have contributed to its upkeep and maintenance. Speaking to a solicitor would be a very wise idea if you are in these circumstances.