Cohabitation & Unmarried Couples

Cohabiting & Unmarried Couples

Cohabitation Agreements

There is no such status as a 'common law' husband and wife. In order to protect your rights, we can assist you to prepare a legally binding agreement. These agreements can be entered by two people who are living together or about to start living together. This can assist you and your partner by formally laying out any agreements you have regarding financial matters. The purpose of such agreements is to reduce the doubts and disputes in the event that you and your partner separate.
These types of agreements can cover a range of issues such as: how a property is split, how much each partner contributes to household expenses, explains the ownership of possessions, how the property will be shared on separation etc
Cohabitation Agreements

Relationship Breakdown for Cohabiting Couples – Disputes
Property Claims

These types of disputes can arise where you and your partner are separating and cannot agree on how any property owned will be split between you. In example; where you have both purchased a property and paid different amounts for the deposit. This type of dispute falls under the complex area of trusts and property law. The Trusts of Land and Appointments of Trustees Act 1996 (‘TOLATA’) provides protection and gives the Court power to regulate your share in the property and to decide if the property should be sold.
These types of proceedings are often complex and require experienced legal assistance. We can assist you and will try to save you money by attempting to negotiate matters and reach an agreement.
Relationship Breakdown for Cohabiting Couples

Financial Provision for Children

In most circumstances, a parent can rely on the Child Maintenance service (‘CMS’) to provide financial provisions for children. However, the Court may still order a ‘top-up’ of the maintenance where the other party’s income is very high (above £156,000 gross per annum). It would be for the parent with care to make the application under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 (‘Schedule 1 proceedings’). We can provide you expert legal advice to assist you to understand this complex area of law and achieve the additional financial support.
This can cover issues such as topping up CMS payments, payments of school fees, lump-sum payments, an allowance for the care of children, purchase or transfer of property for the parent caring for the children etc
Financial Provision for Children


Our experienced team of experts are on hand to assist you with your Cohabitation and Unmarried Couple Disputes
We will NOT charge you to initially discuss your matter. Thereafter, we can discuss a plan of action to help you deal with the issue(s).
We appreciate that disputes with your partner can often be complex. We aim to simplify the matters for you whilst providing support step by step.
We will attempt to negotiate the matters and reach an agreement - to try and avoid unnecessary and costly Court proceedings.
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Expert Legal Assistance – Cohabitation & Unmarried Couples

Cohabitation is when couples live together as partners but are unmarried and not part of a civil partnership. In such circumstances, we appreciate that you will be concerned to understand your rights in the event that disputes arise and your relationship breaks down. We are experienced in providing a service that simplifies these complex matters and supports you throughout the process. The assistance we provide is not limited to couples, as we can also assist with disputes arising between individuals (i.e. friends and family) who have purchased a property together.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Azhar Hussain
Azhar Hussain
Head of Family Law Department
Azhar is an experienced, intelligent and dedicated professional, with a proven track record that includes high net worth clientele. He has developed his career within the competitive London legal sector and regularly advises on issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship. Including but not limited to: separation, children and financial affairs.
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