What happens if your relationship breaks down?
This section is designed to help you work out the options and rights you have to your home if you split up from your partner.
It doesn’t cover divorce proceedings – see the citizen’s advice Adviceguide for detailed information.
If you are experiencing violence or abusive behaviour, see our pages on domestic abuse or ring the LiveFearFree helpline on 0808 8010 800 – a free, confidential 24hour helpline run by Welsh Women’s Aid, 7 days a week.
For information on counselling and mediation, see our pages about avoiding homelessness – mediation, counselling and support.
If you are unsure about anything, contact a solicitor specialising in family law. Alternatively, call Shelter Cymru’s expert housing advice helpline on 0345 075 5005. You could also email our housing advice team, or, if you prefer, visit advice near you to find a local Shelter Cymru advice surgery where you can talk to someone in person. In some areas you may also be able to speak to our Shelter Cymru Live advisers online, by live chat and by webcam.
This page will help you think about some of the decisions you’ll have to make when you split up with a partner
If you want the right to return to, stay in or exclude someone else from the home, you may be able to apply to court for an occupation order.