This page is for people who have been given permission to enter or remain in the UK as the partner of a British citizen, a person who is settled here or a migrant who has limited permission to remain here. It explains what you should do if your relationship with your partner ends.
By 'partner' we mean husband, wife, civil partner, unmarried partner or same-sex partner.
If your relationship ends while you have limited permission to stay in the UK - that is, during your two-year probationary period before you can apply to live here permanently - you must leave the UK. This is because you will no longer be meeting the requirements of your permission to stay.
If you are a British citizen or settled here and your relationship with your partner ends during their probationary period, you should tell us that the relationship has ended. Our Partners and families section contains more information.
If you have temporary permission to stay in this country as the partner of a migrant who also has temporary permission to stay here, you must leave the UK. This is because you will no longer be meeting the requirements of your permission to stay.
If you are a national of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, and you have come to the UK with an EEA family permit as the partner of an EEA or Swiss citizen, you must leave the country if your relationship with that person ends.