Cohabitation and property disputes
The breakdown of a relationship often has the same implications on finances and child arrangements as a marriage ending. However, when the couple are not married, the law can be more difficult to navigate.
Many cohabiting couples make the mistake of assuming that, because they have lived together for a long time, they have the same claims to property and assets as married couples do. Currently, despite many appeals for change, “Common Law” marriage is not recognised by law. Consequently, if your relationship breaks down you could find yourself at a severe disadvantage financially.
If you want to live with your partner without marrying, it is important to have a clear, formal agreement to set out both of your interests. This will protect your assets in the event of a future dispute if the relationship breaks down.
Working with us, you can have absolute confidence that you will have an expert team dedicated to safeguarding your interests:
- Our first meeting is free, no matter how long it takes, to make sure we completely understand your circumstances and what you want to achieve.
- Everything we talk about throughout the time we spend working together will always be totally confidential.
- Using our knowledge and experience we guarantee that we will be able to give you a range of options, with a detailed overview of the likely process, outcomes, timescales and costs
- Our lawyers and legal teams are top ranked by the legal directories, so you can be sure that you are being guided by specialist experts in all areas of family law and cohabitation disputes.
- Our partners and lawyers have decades of experience, an excellent reputation and over the years have built up strong relationships with other lawyers, Judges and professional bodies.
- We have teams in Beverley, Lincoln and York, and work with clients across East and North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
- Our family lawyers are also supported by colleagues from other teams who can provide complementary advice on topics such as wills, trusts, inheritance tax and property. You can rest assured that we will have your best interests at heart, from start to finish, in a way that gives you comfort and control over the issues to be resolved.