If you and your partner are splitting up and you have children, it’s important to think about where they’ll live.
As a couple who live together but aren’t married or in a civil partnership, you don’t have any obligation to support each other financially after your break-up. But as parents, you’re expected to pay towards the cost of your children.
One parent might be able to make a claim against the other for the right to remain in the family home.
How you do this – and the laws that give you these rights – vary throughout the UK.
It doesn’t mean the person who remains in the home would own it, or own a share of it – but they might be given the right to live there for a certain number of years. This would usually be until the youngest child reaches a certain age.