Families and relationships

If you are separating from your partner, your rights will vary depending on the legal status of your relationship and whether you own or rent your home.

Find out here about what to do if your relationship breaks down, what your housing options might be and what to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

You can also get advice on what to do if you are living with members of your family or someone who is not your partner.

This area of law is very complex, so you may need face-to-face advice about your individual circumstances. If you would like to speak with an adviser, call Shelter Cymru’s advice and support services on 08000 495 495 or visit advice near you to find an advice surgery locally where you can talk to someone in person.

For urgent advice please call our expert housing advice helpline on 08000 495 495

or, for non-urgent enquiries please use our webchat advice service.

Relationship breakdown

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

Renting : long term solutions

Your decision will be based on the rights you have to your rented home, and other personal circumstances

Home ownership : long term solutions

The options you have when you’re splitting up with a civil partner, spouse or unmarried partner will be based on the rights you both have to your home

Civil partnerships

Civil partnerships allow same-sex couples the chance to enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as people who are married

Domestic abuse

If a person you live with or have lived with has abused you – whether physically or not – you could be experiencing domestic abuse

Living with family

This section looks at housing issues that can arise if you live with another person who is a member of your family

Death in the household

If someone you live with dies, you might not automatically have the right to stay in your home. Take a look at this section to work out what your rights are.

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

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This page was last updated on: May 25, 2023

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