The breakdown of a relationship can often have the same implications on finances and access to the children as the ending of a marriage. 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. This means that, should your relationship break down, you could find yourself at a severe disadvantage financially and it is important to seek advice to find out where you stand.
If you are looking to move in together without wishing to marry, creating a clear and formal agreement to set out both parties’ interests and intentions is an important step for safeguarding your future.
If your relationship has broken down and you need advice, our friendly family law solicitors can help.
Based in York and Lincoln and advising clients nationwide, our team has the expertise to provide clear and practical guidance on your rights.