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November 9, 2011

BBC: Kernott vs Jones Supreme Court decision announced

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A man who left his partner nearly 20 years ago is not entitled to half the value of the house they had shared, the Supreme Court has ruled

A man who left his partner nearly 20 years ago is not entitled to half the value of the house they had shared, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The highest court in England and Wales decided Leonard Kernott was instead entitled to 10% of its value.

Patricia Jones was challenging a Court of Appeal ruling which gave Mr Kernott an equal share of the home’s value.

The Essex bungalow was bought in joint names but, after separating, Ms Jones solely paid the mortgage for 13 years.

Lawyers said Tuesday’s decision could alter the legal landscape for unmarried couples arguing over property after separating.

To read the full story, visit bbc.co.uk

Read expert reaction to Kernott vs Jones on spearswms.com

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