Under the present law there is a substantial difference to the way the courts treat married and unmarried couples. Married couples have rights against one another as set out under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

Unmarried couples have no automatic rights against each other. If you do not co-own your property with your partner, then you have to demonstrate that you have made a direct contribution to it for example by contributing to the deposit, paying the mortgage OR you have acted to your detriment for example doing some substantial work on the house on the understanding that you would acquire an interest in that property.

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