If you live with your partner but are not married or in a civil partnership, cohabitation disputes need careful handling to ensure the best financial and long-term outcomes for you.
Cohabiting and the law
The law does not yet afford 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. These are important issues that need to be determined if you want to separate.
If your relationship breaks down, we will advise you of the options available, including issuing civil proceedings to determine any dispute or about your potential rights or obligations to provide a home for a minor child under the Children Act. Both of our Directors at LGFL Ltd have a particular interest in this area of law that is constantly developing.
Common law marriage
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 and wanting to leave?
Call us on 01189 735521. At LGFL Ltd, we specialise in helping co-habitees 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 the financial security of their partner and any children - see our Prenuptial and Cohabitation Agreements page for more details.
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