What Happens to the House When an Unmarried Couple Splits Up?

There are few things worse than a breakup. That said, we live in a time where more couples than ever choose not to get married and simply live together as partners. It’s understandable in some ways, but it can make matters more complicated when they split up, especially if they’ve made major purchases together. If you’re unmarried and are now breaking up with your partner with whom you’ve purchased a house, you may wonder what happens next. Please continue reading and reach out to a competent Los Angeles divorce attorney from our legal team to learn more about how the process works here in California.

Will I lose the house if we’re unmarried but we’re splitting up?

The first thing you should understand about property distribution when it comes to unmarried couples splitting up is that unless you have any sort of written legal agreement in place that states otherwise, you are both allowed to take with you everything you brought into your relationship. You can also keep all of the earnings you’ve accrued over the course of your relationship. For example, if you’ve collected sports memorabilia for years and purchased all of that memorabilia on your own, you are entitled to keep all of it after a breakup.

That being said, when it comes to issues such as assets kept in a jointly held bank account, or you and your partner purchased a home in both of your names, matters can become a bit more complicated. In most cases, unless you can reach a compromise personally with your partner, courts will require you to sell the house and split the profits.  Note, however, that when it comes to significant assets like your home or car, it’s always best to consult with an attorney who can inform you of what you are entitled to and protect what’s yours.

Can I get alimony if I was never married?

Unless you’ve signed a legal agreement with your partner regarding terms for what will happen after a breakup, such as a “palimony” document, you likely are not entitled to alimony after a breakup, even if you were financially dependent on your partner.

If you have any further questions or you’d like to consult with one of our attorneys, simply give us a call or contact us online today.

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