occupation order

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Any of various orders under the Family Law Act 1996 relating to occupation of the matrimonial home in cases of domestic violence or where a marriage or relationship has broken down. The orders can enforce the rights of co-owning spouses or civil partners, or spouses or civil partners with home rights, to occupy the home and provide for the exclusion of the respondent from the home or from any part of it. The orders can also extend similar rights to nonowning ex-spouses, whether or not they are actually in occupation, and also – under certain circumstances – to cohabitants or ex-cohabitants.

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