Intermittent relationships which break up can make it trickier to work out how to divide relationship property. Photo / File

Q: My partner and I had been together for four years, but during this time we’ve spent weeks, and even months apart. Now we’re looking at separating, but we aren’t sure whether the length of our relationship means we’ll have to divide our property among us. Can you help?

A: It may be difficult to understand your legal position if you have had an on again and off again relationship. You may need guidance on your options and legal position.

Whether you will need to divide your property under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 will depend on whether your relationship can be classed as “de facto relationship” and if so, how long your de facto relationship lasted which can be tricky where there have been periods of separation.

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