It is becoming increasingly popular for couples to live together without the need to marry. This is known as cohabitation, and brings with it some unique legal issues.

Many people are still under the misconception that in English Law there is such a thing as a ‘common law’ spouse. This is not the case. If you have been cohabiting, you will not have the same legal rights as you would have if you had been married even if you have children together.

If you are not married and your relationship breaks down, then you may not have automatic rights to the property that you live in. It will very much depend on whether your name is on the title deeds and whether you have made any contribution towards the property.

If you are cohabiting, it is strongly advisable to understand your legal position at an early stage.

This is why the Attwaters Jameson Hill Family Law team is here.

We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully protecting the legal rights of cohabitants. Louise Eady is our in-house specialist within this field.

How do we achieve this?

In order to minimise disputes upon separation, Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Family Law team advises parties who wish to live together to enter into a Cohabitation Agreement.

This will set out what you want to happen with property and assets in the event of separation. We can advise you on the content of this and prepare the agreement for you.

If you have already separated, we can advise you on whether you have a claim or an interest in a property and whether you are entitled to any provision for your children.

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