Unmarried and cohabiting couples

Unmarried and cohabiting couples

Cohabitation does not give someone the same legal rights and responsibilities as those who are married or in a civil partnership. Generally speaking, the legal rights are far fewer and while the term ‘common-law wife or husband’ is frequently used; it has no legal recognition.

If you have chosen to live together you can enter into an agreement setting out arrangements that will apply while you are living together, as well as setting out what will happen if there is a breakdown of the relationship. This is called a living together agreement or cohabitation agreement.

A cohabitation agreement is a contract and governed by contract law it is therefore important that the agreement caters for certain issues such as property, finances, children and separation. Our specialist family department can help you draft this important agreement.

Our family team can also assist with writing a declaration of trust, which sets out the shares that each person has in the property, whether owned jointly or in one name.

If you own a property with someone who you are not married too, it is also important to consider making a Will.

We offer a free 20 minute family law consultation to discuss your situation. To speak to one of our family law experts or book an appointment at our Portsmouth or Waterlooville office, please call us on 023 9298 1000 or email connect@verisonalaw.com.

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  • Jane Wheeler

    Jane Wheeler

    Solicitor - Family Law

    T: 023 9224 6714

    M: 07584 305 768

  • Andrea Cox

    Andrea Cox

    Principal Lawyer - Wills, Trust & Probate

    T: 023 9224 6719

    M: 07799 652 612

  • Sara-Jayne Fildes

    Sara-Jayne Fildes

    National Head of Family Law

    T: 023 9224 6711

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