One of the most common myths in English law is that there is such a thing as ‘common law marriage’. The current law which does apply to unmarried couples who separate is different to when the parties are married or have entered in to a civil partnership.
If your relationship has recently broken down it is important that you have specialist advice as soon as possible in relation to the following matters, where relevant:-
Arrangements for your children, including financial arrangements
Arrangements in respect of any property, whether solely or jointly owned
This is a complex area of the law as there is often a correlation between financial claims for children and ownership of property. We can guide you thought this process and advise in respect of the likely approach that will be followed by the court in the event that any dispute cannot be settled amicably by consent.
If you are considering entering into a cohabiting relationship it is possible protect both parties from the potential costs of a lengthy and protracted dispute about property and assets, by entering in to a Cohabitation Agreement. This is a contract, between two people who live together, which sets out their agreement on the division of their combined assets, and other matters, in the event that the relationship breaks down or one partner dies.
A Cohabitation Agreement is a wise precaution for the future and you can enter into a Cohabitation Agreement at any time during your relationship. The cost of a properly drafted Cohabitation Agreement is a fraction of what you may spend on lawyers negotiating the maze of litigation if despite your hopes, your relationship does not last.
We can provide you with a fixed fee for this service so you will know exactly what costs you will need to pay.
This is a complex area of the law and requires expert advice. Please contact us on 0208 974 7490 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an initial consultation to discuss the best way forward for you and we will provide you with further and specific advice tailored to your circumstances.
Our experienced and understanding team are here to help you. We will work with you to ensure the best possible outcome.