Our expert family law team have experience in dealing with cohabitee disputes which can arise when a relationship ends and there is no marriage or civil partnership.
When couples choose to live together without marrying or entering a civil partnership they often fall into the trap of considering themselves to be a ‘common law spouse’. There is, in fact, no such thing as a ‘common law spouse’ and the law does not treat cohabiting couples in the same way as it does married couples. If your cohabiting relationship breaks down you cannot rely on the same laws as married couples to resolve any disputes as to property and/or finances.
If you are not married and your relationship breaks down the situation are often far from straightforward. It is important to take advice at an early stage on the claims that you can make for example, in relation to your home and children.
For more information or advice on Cohabitee Disputes please contact us.