Cohabitation

Cohabitees are the fastest growing type of family in England and Wales.  Unmarried couples who live together are often believe they have more rights than they do.  The “common law husband and wife” do not exist.

The very limited legislation applied to people in these circumstances means that a number of issues may arise should their relationship break down at a later stage.

There is the possibility of difficulties developing related to:

  • Property rights
  • Entitlement or ownership of assets
  • Financial support
  • Childcare, maintenance and other child-related issues

At OGR Stock Denton, our family lawyers are experienced in advising unmarried couples on drafting cohabitation agreements. The main aim of these documents is to protect the interests of both parties and minimise the chances of costly or distressing litigation at some point in future.  Such binding agreements provide both parties with security and peace of mind.

The firm can also advise cohabitees on claiming for lump sum payments from the non-resident parent for essential purchases or for providing a home under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989.

We recognise that every client’s case is unique and we can provide you with the most appropriate and cost-effective solution, tailored to your own individual circumstances.

Where appropriate we will also work closely with our colleagues in the private client team to secure the best advice on tax and estate planning structures to provide for children.

For more advice on our services for cohabitees please visit our contact us page.