Co-Habitation Arrangements and Disputes

Co-Habitation Arrangements and Disputes

If you are thinking of moving in with your partner we can draw up an agreement to suit the needs of each of you and to take into account the financial contributions each of you has made or will make; this could avoid costly court action or costly negotiations if you separate.

Currently under English Law there is no such thing as a common law wife or husband. If your relationship breaks down you will not have the same financial remedies available to a married couple and you may need to use other laws to resolve disputes about ownership of the family home or other assets. A cohabitation agreement could avoid that.

It is certainly advisable to have a written agreement before buying a home together and you should take advice upon the best way to document the ownership of the house taking into account any particular contributions either of you intends to make.

If your relationship is breaking down we can advise you on your financial entitlement and what steps you need to take to secure that. It is always advisable to take advice at an early stage, before selling your home or before transferring your home and any other assets to your former partner.