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Cohabitation Breakdown for Unmarried Couples

An increasing number of couples are choosing to cohabit without getting married. The law for cohabitants is very different than for married couples. Unmarried couples cannot claim for maintenance in their own right or against their former partner’s pension.

Cohabitation disputes can be complex particularly where there are jointly owned assets and children, therefore taking specialist family law advice is prudent. We will advise you regarding your particular circumstances and commence negotiations in a non confrontational and constructive manner to encourage negotiations, to facilitate a settlement.

If matters cannot be resolved by negotiation, then an application regarding a property dispute can be made to the Court as a civil claim under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA) or a financial claim under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 where there are children, or both.

For family matters, please Contact Us in order to discuss how we can help you.