Under English law, there is no such thing as a common law husband and wife. The law treats a cohabiting couple who separate very differently from a married couple divorcing. This immediately creates problems over ownership of the home and other assets, if they are not in joint names.
We can help our clients deal with the issues that arise in relation to ownership of property, and advise on the obligations towards any children after separation.
Benefits of cohabitation agreements
Planning ahead is the most appropriate course of action. A well thought out cohabitation agreement will protect the rights of both parties and provides legal certainty if your relationship breaks down. A cohabitation agreement can set out the couple’s financial responsibilities during the relationship, the interest each has in the other’s assets and what should happen if they separate.
We can help you by drawing up an agreement that is tailored to the needs of you and your family.
We can assist you further by advising on child support and other financial matters.