It is very important, particularly when the owners are not married to each other or in a civil partnership, to declare the basis on which a couple own a property in joint names. The court has power, within dissolution proceedings, to look at the big picture and make decisions that achieve, so far as possible, an outcome which is fair to both parties. There is no such power for the court when the owners are not married or in a civil partnership. This is an area fraught with potential problems, and one on which detailed legal advice should be obtained.