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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's situation.
A break-up is not legally treated the same as a divorce. A judge doesn't divide the assets, and an unmarried partner is not entitled to receive alimony. Those are things a couple is choosing to give up when they decide to live together without getting married. The house belongs to whoever owned it before they moved in together, and any mortgage payments made by the other partner are considered rent. There's no right to compensation unless there's a written agreement that says otherwise. Whoever owns the house (and it sounds like that's your friend) has the right to ask the other to leave by providing 30 days written notice BEFORE month end. So, notice would have to be given today to be effective as of March 31. It may help to have a friend hand him a written notice so that person can testify if necessary.
Then, if he doesn't go at the end of the month, she can go to court and have him evicted. But hopefully he'll just leave to avoid making an awkward situation even more difficult.
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