Your home

Date last updated: 21 December 2021

Making decisions about your home

Deciding what to do about your family home after separation or divorce is an important process. It’s a good idea to find out your basic rights and options before you make any decisions.

Your housing rights

Before you and your child’s other parent make any decisions about your living arrangements, find out your basic legal position with our quick interactive guide.

For more detailed advice, our housing information will take you through the different housing options available and can help you to make decisions when you separate from your child’s other parent.

Your safety and housing

If you have experienced domestic abuse and are thinking of leaving or have just separated, it’s very important you get the right advice and support to keep you and your family safe.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline will be able to provide immediate, expert and confidential information and support about your housing and safety options. Rights of Women also have a guide to domestic violence, housing and homelessness which sets out your housing rights and legal options if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

For more information, see our section on staying safe after separating.

Moving home

If you have to move home, it’s important you tell all of the agencies that need to know. The housing charity, Shelter, has a moving home checklist to help you plan the move and get organised.

Tips from single parents

Talk to Citizen's Advice if you have rent arrears

I worked and took on a temp contract thinking it was permanent. Then they told me they needed me one week, then didn’t need me the next week. It was stop start, stop start, which was difficult for my rent. Citizen's Advice sorted it out. She helped with me being back on and off benefits. I played rent plus debt to get the arrears down.

Mum, 2 children, age 5 and 11

Get advice before it goes too far

My problems with rent were about 5 years ago. I got advice before it went too far and kept in contact with my landlord. I’m not the sort of person to be hiding behind the couch! That is how you get into financial difficulty.

Mum, 2 children, age 5 and 11


Shelter is a charity that supports people struggling with bad housing or homelessness. They can give you practical housing advice and support online, in person and by phone.

Read Shelter's advice

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