Specialist Co-Habitation Services
Many people believe that if they have been with their partner for a significant period of time, they have what is known as a “Common Law Marriage”. Unfortunately, as so many couples have found out, this is a myth, and they do not have any legal recognition upon separation, apart from jointly/solely held property.
It would be wise therefore to have a Co-Habitation Agreement drawn up prior to moving in together.
A co-habitation agreement is a document which will formalise the financial relationship between you and your partner before you move in together.
A lot of upset, distress and often antagonism, is caused when a relationship ends. Having a cohabitation agreement in place will assist in reducing/or indeed eliminating the above.
Upon separation, this document will provide a degree of certainty as to how the shares in the property you are living in together should be distributed. The agreement can set out who receives what, as well as detailing the payment of outgoings or distribution of household contents. Together with the distribution of jointly purchased assets during the relationship and gifts.
A dispute may arise whether you are a couple, friends, or simply family members, when the relationship ends, and one party is asked to leave the shared residence.
Our Matrimonial Department specialise in assisting with co-habitation disputes that may arise, and help to reach an amicable solution.
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