Issues arising from shared ownership of property
We are regularly instructed following the breakdown of same-sex relationships where the parties in question have owned their own home together but have not entered into a civil partnership or marriage.
Unfortunately, such couples do not benefit from the same legal protection as those who have placed their relationship on a more formal footing. In those circumstances, determining ownership of a property is dependent upon complex property and trust law which may take into consideration agreements made during the relationship, contributions from each partner or the intentions of the parties.
Due to the complex nature of this area of law, determining property ownership can often be complex and specialist advice will be required. Our family team have a wealth of experience in dealing with this type of dispute. We understand that need to balance the difficult emotional issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship with the need to resolve financial issues and property ownership as quickly as possible to allow both parties to move forward with their lives.