What is Cohabitation?
Increasingly, couples are choosing to live together without getting married or entering into a civil partnership.
Lots of people believe the myth of common law marriage, i.e. if you are in a relationship and live together for a certain amount of time then you are in the same legal position as people who are married or in a civil partnership. This misconception can lead to a nasty shock when cohabiting relationships end and can also result in lengthy and expensive legal disputes. Unfortunately, cohabitation law is rather outdated and this means that the protection for couples who are only living together is limited if the relationship ends. It is therefore important that you get the right legal advice about your rights and responsibilities before or during your cohabitation.
We are able to provide comprehensive advice on all aspects of cohabitation, whether you are at the beginning a new relationship or if your relationship has come to an end.
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Our aim is to safeguard and protect your interests in such circumstances as far as the law will allow. We work closely with our experienced Tax, Trusts and Succession Team in order to provide clients with comprehensive advice on tax issues and other financial planning structures, so you can rest assured that everything is covered.
We can also help to negotiate and draft up a cohabitation agreement for you, tailored to your specific circumstances, with the aim of protecting your position as far as possible. Cohabitation agreements can cover how interests in property are held, who pays what when you are living together and how property and assets should be divided if the relationship ends. Arguments about finances are the number one cause of breakups. Having a cohabitation agreement in place can really help to avoid any disagreements over these issues during the relationship as well as protect you in the case of the relationship ending.
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