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My son and his partner bought a house in her name five years ago: at the time they intended to buy a second house in his name and rent it out. Now they have split up and the house is up for sale. If I’m not mistaken she will get the proceeds, even though they have shared all the bills. Will he get anything?

Your son should see a solicitor and if necessary commence proceedings which will entitle him to immediately register a caution against the property. This means the house is virtually unsaleable until the issue of ownership is resolved. However the threat may be sufficient to ensure an agreement is reached, which is of course a far cheaper option. Your son will have to show that the couple agreed to share the property and that he has contributed financially.

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