Money and property when a relationship ends

5. How the court splits assets

The judge will decide on the division of assets based on how long you’ve been married or in a civil partnership, as well as your:

  • ages
  • ability to earn
  • property and money
  • living expenses
  • standard of living
  • role in the marriage or civil partnership, for example if you were the breadwinner or primary carer

The judge will decide on the fairest way to divide the assets if there are enough assets to meet everyone’s needs.

The judge will make arrangements for any children first - especially their housing arrangements and child maintenance - if there isn’t enough.

The judge will usually try to arrange a ‘clean break’, so everything is shared out, and you no longer have any financial ties to one another.