Cohabitation Law 

Living together or buying your first home as a couple is a big step in your relationship! And it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of house hunting and choosing furniture for your new home. Despite popular belief the ‘common law marriage’ does not exist and hasn’t done for centuries, the reality is that couples that live together do not have the same legal rights as married couples. 

If you are separating from your partner it can feel like one of the most stressful times of your life and you are likely to have a lot of questions. These may include who will live where and what will happen to your family home or questions about your children’s care or financial support. 

Click on any of the links below or search for more topics in the navigation above. We will hopefully answer some of your questions or if you like to know more get in touch,  call us on 0344 326 0450 or email us.


Living together

If you are taking that big first step, what do you need to know? How do you decide who owns what or who will pay for what? 

Cohabitation agreements

A Cohabitation Agreement is legally binding and can give you peace of mind when you are thinking of living together.
 

Property

What do you need to think about if you are buying a house together?  If you are splitting up, what should you consider?

Children - moving in together

Blended families are increasingly common but how do you relate to children from previous relationships?  What should you know?


Separating

Separating can be one of the most stressful times of our lives.  You will have some big decisions to make, what should you know?

Children - when separating

If you are splitting up, what do you need to think about?  What are the practical and legal questions you need answers for?

Death and ill-health

Nobody likes to think about being ill but having a valid will and financial arrangements in place will make a big difference.

Same sex couples

Much of the law is similar for same sex couples, however there are some areas where the same rules do not apply.
 


Mythbusting the common-law marriage

As a leading family law firm that has always placed great emphasis on helping people take control of their lives and make their
own decisions, we wanted to shine a light on the many common misconceptions surrounding the legal rights of unmarried couples living together in England and Wales.

We surveyed more than 1,000 cohabiting couples to highlight the myth of the common law marriage and examine the financial and legal issues facing them today.

Recent figures reveal that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. Between 1996 and 2016, numbers more than doubled from 1.5 million to 3.3 million. Cohabiting couples account for around 17.5 per cent of families in the UK and this is set to rise further.