Civil Partnership, Cohabitation & Living Together - The Law House

I think the word is still out, but it looks like cohabitation offers some but not all the benefits for marriage.


Kristi Williams

Civil Partnership, Cohabitation & Living Together Agreement Solicitors

Contrary to popular belief, ‘common law marriage’ does not exist. Most people think that by living together they have the same rights as married people. This is not always the case. Whilst both parents have similar rights to married people in relation to children, the division of property and other assets may not necessarily be as straightforward. It is also a common misconception held by unmarried couples, that if they have lived together for a long time, they have an equal share in all the assets. At the Law House, we encourage unmarried couples who are living together to proactively define the terms of their financial arrangements and parental responsibility. Although this may not rank highly as a romantic gesture, it is essential in the interests of giving clarity between unmarried couples from the outset and will help you to know where you stand, should the relationship break down or if one partner dies.

We can help you to arrange a Living Together Agreement based on several factors, including the contributions you wish to make and property ownership issues.

In cases where the relationship has broken down and it is not possible to reach an agreement in relation to financial matters, we will consider options with you such as mediation, and we will work to negotiate the best settlement for you. Regarding any children involved in a relationship breakdown of an unmarried couple, we can help you to reach decisions relating to parental responsibility. This allows you to jointly decide where the child lives, the choice of schools and access to medical treatment.

Whatever your circumstances, we are here to help you to make the best decisions for you and your family’s future. Call us on 020 3150 2525.