If you’ve lived together as a couple without marrying or entering a civil partnership, and you separate, you don’t have an automatic right to make a claim on your ex-partner for a share of any business interests.
But you might be able to make a claim in court for compensation if your ex-partner won’t honour commitments they’ve made if:
- you’ve run a business together
- you were promised a share in it, or
- you’ve contributed to it financially.
In England or Wales, you would need to show you had a ‘beneficial interest’ in your ex-partner’s business.
In Scotland, you would need to show you’ve suffered what’s called ‘economic disadvantage’ or that your ex-partner has gained an ‘economic advantage’. An example would be if you stopped working to look after children so your ex-partner's career could carry on. You would have one year to do this from the date of your separation.
Making a claim could be expensive. So it’s worth getting legal advice before you begin any court action.