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Trapped and miserable: The reality of divorcing in Britain’s grim housing market

22nd February 2024

The Telegraph

Soaring house prices and rents make it impossible for some couples to move out and move on.

Susie and her husband James appeared to be living the dream. They welcomed two lively young children and, a few years ago, the couple bought a beautiful cottage in a chocolate-box village in the West Country with a “rock-bottom mortgage interest rate”.

Reality hit last year when they split up – but that was only the start of their problems. They are now unhappily trapped in their once-idyllic home because they can’t afford to move.

“There are nine months to run on the mortgage and we obviously wouldn’t be able to get such a good deal now, so we can’t afford to sell up and buy two new homes,” says Susie, a nurse. “It’s really hard to share a two-bedroom cottage when you’re in the middle of a divorce.”

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