I left the house and my children. Does this mean I do not have any rights ?
Joint ownership of the property will not change unless your partner obtains a court order or you agree to transfer your share of the property to your partner or the house is sold.
You are still liable to pay the mortgage as is your partner. You should try to agree to divide the payments.
If you leave your children behind, but you want them to live with you, you can apply for a "Residence Order".
However, the longer they remain living with your partner the more difficult it may be to convince the court to change the arrangements.
You can apply instead to see the children regularly, this is known as "Contact".
Questions & Answers
- We have only been married a short time when can I start a divorce?
- How do I show the marriage has broken down?
- What if we can't carry on living together, but we don't want a divorce?
- What do I need to prove to get a legal separation?
- Can we just decide to separate without involving the courts?
- Do I need a solicitor to start a divorce or judicial separation?
- What is a Decree Nisi?
- My partner has started the divorce proceedings. Is there anything I need to do?
- My partner owns the property in which we live/or only their name is on the rent book. Will I have to leave if we separate?
- My partner has changed the locks to our home and won't let me back in. What can I do?
- I left the house and my children. Does this mean I do not have any rights?
- How can I get my partner to help me pay the bills?
- Who pays maintenance for the children?
- How does the court decide how much money I should get or what I should pay my partner?
- Do I have to tell anyone that my partner and I have separated/divorced?
- We are not married. Do I have any rights?