Divorce: What happens to the family home?

For parting couples with property to divide, it’s complicated

“The property market has a very significant unhelpful effect on marital breakdown.”Photograph: iStock

“The property market has a very significant unhelpful effect on marital breakdown.”Photograph: iStock

When love leaves the building, what happens to the home? For most, the family home is a safe haven. But if you’ve emotionally checked out of an intimate relationship, with feelings fraught and finances in play, can you stop it becoming a battle zone?

“In general, it’s a 50/50 split,” says specialist family law solicitor Deirdre Burke. “Regardless of who is registered as the owner, if a couple is married, that’s the starting point.”

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