What happens if My Name isn’t On the Mortgage?
When you enter a marriage or civil partnership, you will automatically get Matrimonial Home Rights, which gives you a right to occupy the matrimonial home regardless of whose name the property is in.
These rights prevents you from being “evicted” from your own home and will only apply to a property that you use as the family home. So if your partner owns other properties, your matrimonial home rights only give you the right to stay in the one you normally live in.
If you’re getting a divorce and your former partner who legally owns the family home wants to sell and you don’t, you can enter a Matrimonial Home Rights notice.
Matrimonial Home Rights Notice
A Matrimonial Home Rights notice will be applied to the Title Deeds making it clear to any potential buyers that you are exercising your rights to occupy the property.
This doesn’t stop your partner from selling the home but the notice makes it unattractive to buyers and they will want the notice removed before buying the property.
Removing the Matrimonial Home Rights Notice
The notice can only be removed if:
- Either the owner or the person who applied for the notice dies
- Your divorce is finalised with your Decree Absolute
- There is a Court Order to remove the notice, for example if the Court considers the notice has been used for financial gain or to frustrate a sale instead of protecting your right to remain living in in the property
- The person who placed the notice on the deeds consents to its removal
How Will Later Life Divorce Affect My Mortgage Capacity?
When divorcing in later life you need to think about how your age might affect your income and mortgage capacity.
Each mortgage lender will set its own age limit for applicants, but whatever age you are, the most important thing is that you can show that you can afford the mortgage repayments.
We know this might be difficult if your relationship has broken down later in life, as many people in your situation won’t have a mortgage raising capacity.