The first thing to consider is what you want to happen to the house. Do either of you want to stay in it? Could either of you afford to take over the house and pay the mortgage and other bills? There are various ways to try and ensure that you stay in the house even if you can’t afford to buy your spouse out immediately. You could stay in the house for a period There are various ways to structure a settlement if funds are not immediately available. It is important to speak with a specialist family lawyer who can give you advice as to your options.
Yes, you can either continue using your married name or else revert to your maiden name. If you have children then you should not change their surname without considering whether it is in their best interests. You should also agree any such name change with your spouse.
Since 2006 cohabiting partners have had the ability to make a financial claim on their partner following the breakdown in their relationship. The rules are very different to those that apply to marriage. There is also a very tight timeframe of 1 year in which to make a claim. Receiving early specialist advice is therefore essential.