“It makes no difference that we were not married.”
If you were not married then you have very limited rights as there is no legal status of ‘common-law spouse’. When an unmarried couple break up, assets are divided on the basis of who contributed to what, unless there was a prior agreement as to how this should be split. This will take into account the fact that resources may have been pooled, so if one person paid for utilities and the other the mortgage the one who paid the mortgage will not automatically get the property. Any property will normally have to be sold, unless a party can afford to buy out the other’s share. If there are children, there is a right to Child maintenance. Otherwise there is no entitlement to maintenance irrespective of who earns what. It is a very risky place for a non-working partner with children to be.
If you would like some clear and practical legal advice on how to move forward after you breakup, then contact Routh Clarke Solicitors now on 01935 823883. We provide an initial free call which can sometimes be all you need to point you in the right direction. If you need more detailed advice and representation, then we are here to help in whatever way we can.