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Myth
  Myth
“I am seperating from my long term partner. We are not married but have a 16 year old daughter. The house and mortgage is in joint names, but paid for solely by myself. I also pay all utility bills. My partner claims that she is entitled to half the value of the house. Is this true?.”
Fact
  Fact
In a situation where the joint owners of a house are not married, the starting point is to consider what is said on the land certificate. Very often where this says the property is jointly owned (and nothing else), there is a presumption this was intended to mean the equity was owned equally. However if it can be proven that this was not what was intended, or maybe that things have changed since, then that presumption can be challenged. This is a particularly complex area of law and it is really important to get specialist legal advice.

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