The key legal difference between married and cohabiting couples is the financial provisions the court can make for the other party when they separate. These are much more limited for cohabiting couples.
Our family team understands the legal issues the parties face on the breakdown of a relationship if they are neither married nor in a civil partnership. Our team has a considerable level of knowledge and expertise in this complex area of law.
If you are cohabiting and your relationship has broken down, we can advise and guide you through all issues including claims for financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 (housing, other capital payments for your child and/or the ongoing payment of school fees and maintenance) and the procedure and cost rules for cohabitants making claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA or TLATA).
Our family team has vast experience in drafting cohabitation agreements for clients who wish to enter into an agreement prior to cohabitation and thus seek to incorporate their arrangements for the future, including provisions for the division of property and other assets in the event of a separation.
We also advise our clients on the provisions of child maintenance under both the Child Maintenance Service and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.
Please feel free to contact our family team on +44 (0)20 7164 6234 to arrange an initial consultation and/or email our enquiries line on email@example.com.