If you and your partner are living together but are not married, it’s important to be aware of the distinct legal considerations that come into play.
Our team of experienced lawyers specialises in providing professional advice to cohabiting couples, offering clarity on individual rights and responsibilities both at the start of their relationship and in the event of a breakdown of that relationship.
Navigating the intricacies of cohabitation law can be complex. But with our guidance, you can better understand your legal standing and make informed decisions about your future and how best to protect your interests.
Explore the services we offer below and take the first step towards securing your rights and protecting your interests.
Cohabitation And The Law
Cohabitation can be a wonderful and fulfilling experience for couples who choose to live together either without getting married or with the intention of a later marriage.
However, it’s important to understand that under English law, the rights and responsibilities of cohabiting couples differ significantly from those of married couples (read more: Cohabitation Agreements: Busting myths and Understanding rights).
In the event of a breakup, the legal framework that applies to cohabiting couples can be complex and sometimes challenging to navigate.
At Bennett Griffin, our experienced lawyers specialise in cohabitation law, offering expert guidance to individuals seeking clarity about their rights and responsibilities should their relationship come to an end.
How Can a Family Law Solicitor Help with Cohabitation?
Our team of knowledgeable family law solicitors is well-versed in the intricacies of cohabitation law.
We provide comprehensive legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances, ensuring you understand your legal standing and options.
Whether you’re entering a new cohabitation arrangement, seeking to clarify your rights, or facing a potential separation, our solicitors can guide you through the process with professionalism and empathy.
A cohabitation agreement is a legally enforceable document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each partner in a cohabiting relationship. Such agreements can address various aspects, such as property ownership, financial contributions, and arrangements for any children involved. Our cohabitation lawyers can help draft a thorough and balanced agreement that reflects your wishes and safeguards your interests.
Declaration of Trust
In situations where cohabiting couples purchase property together, a declaration of trust can be prepared in order to specify each partner’s ownership rights. This legally binding document outlines the distribution of property ownership, financial contributions, and arrangements in the event of a breakup or sale of the property. See also ToLATA claims.
To ensure that your partner is provided for in the event of your passing, having a well-drafted Will in place is crucial. Our solicitors can assist you in creating a will that aligns with your wishes, ensuring your partner’s financial security and addressing any concerns you may have regarding inheritance.
If a cohabiting relationship ends, disputes can arise concerning property, financial matters, and childcare arrangements. Our solicitors have extensive experience in resolving cohabitation disputes through negotiation, mediation, or legal proceedings when necessary. We aim to achieve fair and amicable solutions while protecting your legal rights.
Contact Bennett Griffin
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Cohabitation Law FAQs
What is the main difference between cohabitation and marriage?
Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights and protections as married couples. The courts have greater limitations in what they can order when cohabiting couples separate. In the event of separation, cohabiting couples may face challenges regarding property ownership, financial support, and inheritance.
What is a cohabitation agreement?
A cohabitation agreement is a legal document that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each partner in a cohabiting relationship. It covers aspects such as property ownership, financial contributions, and arrangements for children, providing clarity in case of a separation.
When should a cohabitation agreement be made?
Creating a cohabitation agreement as early as possible in the relationship is advisable, preferably when moving in together. This proactive step helps establish clear expectations and prevent misunderstandings in the future.
At Bennett Griffin LLP, our cohabitation lawyers are here to assist you in understanding your legal position and making informed decisions about your cohabitation arrangement. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and secure your legal rights.
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