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Cohabitee Disputes

In the last decade the number of co-habiting couples increased to fifty per cent. At the present time, however, the current Law treats co-habiting couples differently from married couples. Unmarried couples often mistakenly believe that once they have lived together for a certain time, they will become “common Law husband and wife” and therefore have legal status similar to a married couple. There is no such thing as a common Law husband or wife in English Law.

When co-habiting, couples individual property rights are the same as those of strangers who have lived together.

Nobody likes to think about the possibility of a relationship breakdown particularly if things are going well enough to consider living together but doing so at the outset could help you to avoid costly and complex litigation and a great deal of upset if the worst should happen.

We can advise you upon entering into a Co-habitation Agreement with your partner in order to detail your intentions during a relationship and what will happen should you unfortunately go your separate ways.

Co-Habitation Fact Sheet

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