Separation rights for cohabiting couples

Like many family lawyers, I regularly meet with clients who are under the impression that, because they have lived with their partner for a long period of time, they automatically have a financial claim against their partner. However, this is not the case. The starting point is that, unlike couples who are married or in

Cohabitation and property: Unmarried co-owners – what documentation should you collate

In previous blogs our specialist cohabitation team have explored the differences between property owners who are married or in a civil partnership and property owners who are not married or in a civil partnership. You can find out more about the key differences in these blogs: In this piece, I felt it would

Unmarried couples – What happens if one partner dies when there is no Will in place?

As part of Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Week, we have asked Katherine Miller at Renaissance Legal to discuss the impact on unmarried couples if one partner were to die when there is no Will in place. Over to Katherine… Alongside Family Law Partners, we’re supporting Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Week. Resolution is campaigning for cohabiting couples to

Property rights for unmarried couples

Unlike married couples or those in a Civil Partnerships, cohabiting couples do not automatically have financial claims against each other upon separation. Property rights for unmarried couples differ depending on whether the couple live in rented accommodation or whether they own a property together. In this blog, we look at some of the most common

Financial rights for unmarried parents

If you are not married and your relationship has broken down there is no legal requirement for maintenance to be paid by one of you to the other. However, if you have a child together you both have a financial obligation towards that child. Child maintenance A parent who does not live with the child

Resolution’s Cohabitation Awareness Week 2019

Resolution was founded in 1982 by a group of family lawyers who believed that a non-confrontational approach to family law issues would produce better outcomes for separating families and their children.  Since then the organisation, and its members have committed to working in a constructive way.  The membership has grown and now includes other professionals

Separation/Divorce Case Studies: Unmarried v’s Married

In this blog Chris Maulkin highlights two different scenarios of couples separating, in scenario A they are unmarried (cohabiting) and in scenario B they are married. Property Meet Jack (aged 50) and Jill (aged 55).  Jack owns one property in his sole name which has equity of £600,000.  Jack earns £100,000 and has a mortgage

No such thing as common law marriage

Nearly half (46%) of adults in England and Wales mistakenly believe that if couples live together for long enough, or have children together, they become ‘common law spouses’ and automatically obtain the same rights and obligations that they would have if they had been married or entered a Civil Partnership.   So why might this be a

What happens when it goes wrong for unmarried couples?

The law in relation to separating unmarried couples is misunderstood by most people: the belief in the non-existent rights of a ‘common-law’ spouse is widespread. You will have seen from our various blogs during last year’s Cohabitation Awareness Week that there are many issues that arise when an unmarried couple, who have been living together, separate.