Sorting out other items you own
You should try to sort these things out between you – mediation can help.
The legal position is broadly as follows:
- If you paid for something, you own it, unless you gave it to the other person as a gift.
- If you bought something together and split the cost equally, then you own it jointly and equally.
- If you bought something out of joint funds so it is not clear who paid for what, you own it jointly and equally.
- If you bought something together and did not pay the same amount, you own it in the shares in which you contributed.
- If you have both pooled your money in a bank account, you own half each unless you have made an agreement about having unequal shares.
If you can’t agree about the things you own jointly, you may have an expensive battle that could cost far more than the things themselves are worth. You cannot get legal aid for this type of claim.
As an unmarried couple, neither of you would have the right to claim maintenance for yourself against the other. You may agree that one of you will pay maintenance to the other if you think this is fair. If you want to make such an agreement legally enforceable, you can write it in the form of a deed. But you have few options for taking action if one of you breaks the agreement.
If you are looking after your children, you can claim maintenance for the children, but the court will not allow you extra maintenance for yourself as part of the sum.
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