Q. I have decided to separate from my partner after about 4 years together. We're both in our 40s and we each came into the relationship with a house and some investments. I have a small consultancy business, with 6 staff.

My partner worked with us for a few months on an IT project but is not a staff member; she has her own successful career. However, she's determined to take half my share of the business when we split. This is totally out of left field – her work did not increase the value of the business at all, and while we did talk about the business a bit, she has had nothing to do with the actual running of it.

I don't even think she believes this is fair, she is just bitter with me. During the good months, I was very generous with the money from the business. What happens now?

A. Who owns your business?

Generally, when a couple separates, their relationship property is divided equally. This includes assets like the family home, family chattels and investments. A business set up or acquired during



Has intermingling occurred?

When your business is part of your relationship property