There remains a widespread misconception that, in England and Wales, unmarried couples who live together as husband and wife eventually acquire certain legal rights in relation to each other, similar to those enjoyed by married couples.
This is not the case. Despite mounting pressure for reform, there is still no statutory code governing the breakdown of the relationship of cohabiting couples. This means that cohabitees whose relationship has come to an end must rely on a complex patchwork of legal rules.
Our experienced Family team is able to provide practical and constructive advice on the various complex issues affecting cohabitees, including:
property claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA)
financial claims on behalf of children for housing and maintenance acting for either party
all child-related issues, including paternity disputes and issues concerning their living arrangements and relating to their upbringing
cohabitation agreements, which regulate the financial arrangements intended by the parties both during the relationship and beyond
we strive to achieve the best possible outcome for all of our clients and their children, ideally through negotiation, but, if necessary, through litigation.