Your legal rights as one half of a couple will be different if you are married or living together. Contrary to what many believe in the UK there is no such thing as a common law marriage. Generally you will have a lot less rights if you are unmarried. We can advise you as to the law and how to protect yourself and if relevant your children.
We strongly advise all couples who are living together but are unmarried to enter into a Cohabitation Agreement as soon as possible to clarify ownership of shared property and assets and how they will be divided in the event of separation. This can be especially important when a couple have or intend to have children without marrying.
What if there is no written agreement in place when we separate?
We are experienced in assisting unmarried clients where a relationship has broken down, there is no agreement in place and a disagreement as to how to divide the assets of the parties. At present cohabiting couples do not have the same rights as married couples, even when they have been in a lengthy relationship and if the dispute is in respect of a property, trust and land law is applied.
For further advice on cohabitation agreements or disputes, please contact Louise Allard or Sabrina Bailey on 020 7993 2936.