Relationship breakdown

A breakdown in a relationship can be a difficult time. Use the pages below to help you work out the options and rights you have to your home.

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 24-hour helpline run by Welsh Women’s Aid.

Click here for information on counselling and mediation.

Shelter Cymru cannot advise on divorce proceedings – see Citizens Advice for detailed information. If you are unsure about anything, contact a solicitor specialising in family law. The Civil Legal Advice (CLA) helpline on 0345 345 4 345 can provide contact details of solicitors in your area who may be able to help you.

Phone an adviser

If you have a housing problem, call our expert housing advice helpline
08000 495 495

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If you have a non-urgent problem and would like to speak to an advisor
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Things to think about

This page will help you think about some of the decisions you’ll have to make when you split up with a partner.

Staying in the home

You can only stay in the home if you have a legal right to do so. Your legal rights depend on your relationship status.

Rights to the home

Your rights differ according to whether you are a joint or sole contract-holder/owner, and your relationship status.

Rights to return to the home

If you want to stay in or return to the home, you should think about protecting any interests you might have in it.

Occupation orders

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.

Leaving the home

If you’re thinking about leaving your home, it’s important to work out where you’re going first and also whether you need to protect your interest in your home in case you wish to return.

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 26, 2023

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