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In the last decade there has been a rising trend where one in eight people aged over sixteen now live together without being married or in a civil partnership, making cohabiting couples the fastest growing family type.
There is a popular myth which has persisted for many years about cohabitation and unmarried couples living together, common law husband and wife. This is one of the biggest misconceptions in family law and can be quite a dangerous position to be in if you split up and it could negatively impact your property and finances.
Co-habitants have differing rights concerning property and financial matters and most importantly there is no legal requirement for cohabitants to co-operate when the relationship breaks down.
Living together and having joint assets can make separation very complex with cohabiting families and we strongly recommend that you obtain legal advice at the earliest opportunity in this complex area of law.
For further information about cohabitation and unmarried couple’s disputes please complete our online enquiry service by using our contact form below to receive a bespoke estimate of services.
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