Mortgage warning for unmarried couples as ex-partner gets half of house

Ex-boyfriend entitled to half share 17 years after split even though he did not pay mortgage, appeal court rules

Unmarried couples who split up could be in for a nasty shock about who owns their home: appeal judges have ruled that a man who left his partner 17 years ago was entitled to a half share in the house even though he had never paid the mortgage.

Despite years of separation and the fact that her former boyfriend hadn't contributed to the mortgage even when they were together, Patricia Jones was told her ex was entitled to 50% of the three-bed home in Thundersley, Essex.

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