Marriage break-up is often caused by financial problems, but just as often a marriage break-up can be the cause of financial problems. With repossessions rising, the likelihood that a divorce is followed by homelessness is also rising. In that context, a recent decision of the House of Lords will come as an unpleasant shock.

It involved a divorced couple who had a shared residence order for their children. One parent was homeless and argued that by virtue of the shared residence order they should be treated as a priority case for the allocation of social housing by a housing authority. The claim was rejected by the House of Lords.