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After ten years of marriage my husband and I have decided to separate. We have two small children. The house is in my name only. My husband has never worked: what will he be entitled to when I sell the house in the next 12 months?

If the children are going to live with you then a court would probably allow you to remain in the house until they’re 18. Your husband’s failure to contribute to the marriage will be just one of many considerations. The fact that the deeds are in your name only may count for little. Ten years is a long marriage by today’s standards and he will almost certainly be entitled to something, but you should see a solicitor to work out the details. I suggest you do this before putting your house on the market.

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