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When cohabiting couples separate, various issues need to be addressed. This includes the ownership of the property, division of jointly owned assets, and the arrangements for any children.
If you cannot agree on any of these matters, contact our solicitors for help. We can explore the options and negotiate on your behalf, working to reach a successful conclusion.
Property is the most common cause of dispute between separating couples. Often, one party wishes to sell the jointly owned property and the other wishes to remain living there. If you want to sell, you may be able to force the issue by applying to court for an Order for Sale. However, it is important to get legal advice beforehand, as there may be other, cheaper alternatives.
When an unmarried couple separates, English law makes no provision for one party to obtain financial support from the other. It is only possible to obtain this support where it is for the purpose of providing for the dependent children of the relationship. If you are the primary care-giver, then you will be entitled to receive child maintenance payments from the other parent.
Meanwhile, the division of property owned by the separated couple is determined according to the law of trusts and property. Unmarried couples don’t have any legal rights over their partner’s assets, unless they can show that they have made material contributions. This might include paying towards the mortgage or covering maintenance costs.
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Our cohabitation dispute specialists are experienced in helping clients untangle their financial affairs. We understand that emotions are running high, and it might seem like there is no possible solution. That’s where we can help.
Our solicitors will take a pragmatic approach towards your dispute, assessing the legal rights and responsibilities of each person. We can then set out the options available. You may not have been aware of the various routes open to you, and you might find that you are able to land on a mutually agreeable resolution.
As your solicitors, we can negotiate on your behalf, ensuring that you achieve a favourable outcome and/or satisfactory financial provision. If necessary, we will pursue legal action through the courts. However, we will only do so if we think your case has a good chance of success.
Cohabitation disputes are a drain, both emotionally and financially. Speak to our Family Law Solicitors to find out how to settle the matter quickly and effectively.