When things break apart for cohabiting couples, it’s all too easy to take a wrong turn because the track is less defined. Our legal services and cohabitation lawyers will make sure you take the right direction.
Unmarried couples who live together have fewer legal rights than a married couple, and if their relationship breaks down, there are very different legal implications. It’s important that you’re up-to-date on cohabitation law before making arrangements.
Assets such as the family home are not divided as they may be in a divorce. Cohabitation disputes such as property disputes have to rely on trust and land law. And there is no automatic entitlement to financial, capital, spousal maintenance, or pension claims.
There are laws concerning many children, and there is no legal distinction between married and unmarried parents when deciding who the children should live with and any maintenance.
However, there are ways you can protect yourself and action you can take if your relationship breakdowns and our cohabitation agreement lawyers will help you get in the right direction. Whether it’s same-sex couples or opposite sex, couples living together should consider making a legally binding cohabitation agreement.
We support many unmarried couples living together to resolve their differences and put in place fair settlements (also known as a cohabitation agreement) that ensure the family can move forward in life in a position of security.