The Government has predicted that by 2031 at least 1 in 4 couples will be living together without being married. However, there remains the persistent myth of common law marriage that confers legal status or entitlement.
Those who live together and are not married or Civil Partners are treated very differently in law to a married couple.
If the worst should happen and a relationship breaks down or someone dies, one partner has no automatic entitlement to anything which belonged to the other partner, no matter how long the relationship and sadly even if there are children.
Our specialist Cohabitation team offer tailor made legal advice to couples who are living together, are separating or who wish to plan ahead to ensure financially security following a partner’s death.
At JKC we provide expert advice on the following issues:
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Separation Agreements
- Cohabitation Disputes including property
- Claims against a Partner’s estate or defending against such claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Ownership of or respective shares in other jointly owned assets
- Financial provision for children
- Contact and Residence arrangements for children
For more information or to discuss your options please contact us on 01923 234 400