Many people believe that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples and civil partners if their relationship breaks down. But the truth is very different.
In particular, married couples and civil partners have access to special statutory remedies to deal with the financial consequences of their relationship ending, whereas cohabitants do not. Instead they must rely on complex rules derived from trust and land law. These rules were not designed for family circumstances and they often give rise to unjust outcomes.
If you and your partner are cohabiting, or planning to move in together, our family lawyers would be happy to advise you on the legal implications. Where appropriate, we can draw up a cohabitation agreement to formalise your living arrangements so that, if your relationship were to end, your rights are established and you can both move on as amicably as possible.
To speak to one of our family solicitors, call 01223 358275 or email email@example.com