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Be Sure of Your Share in your Home.

The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal by a former cohabitee that she should get 90 per cent of the former couple’s home, restoring the trial judge’s decision to depart from the traditional assumption that interest in the property should be split 50-50. Giving the lead judgment, Lady Hale said the trial judge had correctly found that the couple’s intention after they separated “did change significantly” from their initial plans when they moved in together to “provide a home for themselves and their progeny”. When they separated, the couple sought to sell the property but eventually took it off the market, preferring to cash in a life insurance policy the proceeds of which allowed Mr Kernott to buy his own property. “The logical inference is that they intended that his interest in [the property] should crystallise then,” Lady Hale said. “Just as he would have the sole benefit of any capital gain in his own home, Ms Jones would have the sole benefit of any capital gain in [the property]. “Insofar as the judge did not in so many words infer that this was their intention, it is clearly the intention which reasonable people would have had had they thought about it at the time. But in our view it is an intention which he both could and should have inferred from their conduct,” she said. She went on: “A rough calculation on this basis produces a result so close to that which the judge produced that it would be wrong for an appellate court to interfere.”

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