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Relationship Breakdown

  • More than one in 6 adults in the UK cohabit and in the event of relationship breakdown have no automatic rights against or responsibilities for their former partner irrespective of the length of their relationship.
  • You will need clear and specialist advice in this complex area as your rights and responsibilities will depend on specific facts relevant to your relationship.
  • As the law often provides inadequate protection for cohabitees, it is advisable to enter into a 'living together agreement' when your cohabitation begins.
  • We deal with civil partnership dissolution for civil partners who have similar rights to married couples when their civil partnership ends.
  • If you have concerns that your relationship is breaking down or have separated you will need to take early advice to protect your position.

We advise on the following:

  • Claims under the Trusts of Land and Trustees Act 1986 to determine the ownership of property
  • Claims under the Family Law Act 1996 to protect you from violence abuse and protect your occupation of your home
  • Claims under Schedule1 of the Children Act 1989 for financial provision for children
  • Claims under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 for civil partners
  • Claims under the Inheritance and Provision for Family and Dependants Act 1974 should you be predeceased without sufficient financial provision having been made for you
  • Child maintenance service issues
  • All issues relating to any children of the family
  • Debt liability
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Separation agreements
  • Dealing with jointly owned property
  • Advising on your rights in respect of property in your cohabitee’s sole name


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