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
Dealing with jointly owned property
Advising on your rights in respect of property in your cohabitee’s sole name
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