We are not married. Do I have any rights ?
Even if you are not married, but you have children you can still apply for maintenance for your children through the Child Maintenance Service (CMS).
If you own a property together and you want to sell but your partner does not, you can apply to the court and ask them to decide. The court can also decide if one of you should stay in the property.
If only your partner owns the property you may still be able to show you have a share in the property. For example, if you have paid for improvements to the property or helped to pay the mortgage, you may be entitled to claim a share in the property. Or if it was always intended that you should have a share in the property.
If you cannot show that you have a share in the property, but you have children together, you may be able to make a claim for a share of the property on the children's behalf. This can be done under the Children's Act, your solicitor will be able to tell you more.
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?