Cohabitee disputes

We understand that even if you are not married, when a relationship breaks down, it can be a difficult and stressful time. So many couples bring assets such as properties with them into a relationship and we are here to help you with the consequences of when a relationship comes to an end.

What will happen to our shared property?

If you have not entered into a living together agreement then a lot will depend on how the property is owned or rented. We will advise you on the most effective way to achieve a fair outcome for both parties.

If we are not married, am I still entitled to anything?

The laws protecting couples living together are not as comprehensive as for couples that are married. In most circumstances the house is the most significant asset.

The starting point is to consider whose names are on the deed of the property, but there are some circumstances which may allow you to claim an interest in your partner’s home if, for example, you have paid towards it or been assured by your former partner that your contributions to the home provide you with an interest and that you have relied upon those promises.

This is a very complicated area of law and we can give you reliable, realistic and sympathetic advice about how to best deal with the situation.

What happens to the contents of the house?

If you are not married the basic rule is that each item belongs to whoever paid for it.

Cohabitation Agreements

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

For unmarried couples who decide to live together, it is a good idea to agree in a legal document known as a Cohabitation Agreement who owns what, how household bills will be met and arrangements in the event of the relationship breaking down in the future.

A Cohabitation Agreement can record how assets will be divided and what arrangements will be made to support in the children in the event of a breakdown of the relationship.

The family team at Bhatia Best are experienced in dealing with a wide range of issues when unmarried couples separate enabling them to draft a comprehensive Cohabitation Agreement that covers most eventualities avoiding problems in the future.

Please call 0333 016 3333 and speak to a member of our Team if you require any help or assistance.

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