Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010


Adjournment of proceedings by mortgagee or lessor for possession or sale of shared home.

32.— (1) The court may adjourn proceedings in an action brought by a mortgagee or lessor in relation to non-payment against a civil partner and claiming possession or sale of the shared home if it appears to the court that—

(a) the other civil partner is capable of paying to the mortgagee or lessor the arrears (other than the arrears of principal or interest or rent that do not constitute part of the periodical payments due under the mortgage or lease) of money due under the mortgage or lease within a reasonable time, and future periodical payments falling due under the mortgage or lease, and that the other civil partner desires to pay the arrears and periodical payments, and

(b) it would be just and equitable to do so, in all the circumstances and having regard to the interests of the mortgagee or lessor, the respective interests of the civil partners and the terms of the mortgage or lease.

(2) In considering whether to adjourn the proceedings under this section, and if so, for what period and on what terms, the court shall have regard in particular to whether the other civil partner has been informed, by or on behalf of the mortgagee or lessor or otherwise, of the non-payment of any of the sums in question.