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No Such Thing as a common law spouse

Cohabitation Disputes

If you live with your partner but are not married or in a civil partnership, cohabitation disputes need careful handling. Our expert legal advice and intervention can help ensure the best financial and long-term outcomes for you.

Cohabiting and the law

The law currently doesn’t give cohabiting parties the same degree of protection it offers married couples or those in a civil partnership. As a cohabiting couple, you may own property and other assets together, and have children to house and support.

If your relationship breaks down, we will advise you of the options available, including issuing civil proceedings to determine any dispute. We can also discuss your potential rights or obligations to provide a home for a minor child under the Children Act.

Common law marriage is a MYTH

There is no such thing as a “common law marriage”. If you separate, you have no automatic rights to any assets of your former partner (and vice versa), unless you jointly own assets. You also have no right to any form of ‘spousal’ maintenance.

Living together but want to leave?

Call us on 01189 735521. At LGFL Ltd, we specialise in helping cohabitees separate with less stress and due consideration to any children involved. We can arrange separation agreements and deal with other legal proceedings to ensure the welfare of all involved.

Want to cohabit with the love of your life?

We can also help couples currently happily living together to plan ahead and ensure their family’s financial security. See our Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements page for more details.

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