The Collaborative Law process can work particularly well to resolve problems relating to issues regarding the breakdown in a relationship between unmarried couples.

Contrary to common belief, there is no such thing as a common-law husband or common-law wife in this country. Unmarried couples have different legal rights to married couples in relation to property and ‘joint’ finances.

If a couple plan to set up home together, it is advisable to enter into a Living Together Agreement. If the relationship does then break down, the mechanics of what happens to the shared home, and other property will have already been agreed, and the process will be less complicated.

If there is no Living Together Agreement and no Declaration of Trust governing how a jointly owned property is held by an unmarried couple, this can be an extremely complicated area of law which requires very specialist advice.

If you would like more information about this or any issue concerning unmarried couples, please email Elizabeth Hodder or telephone 01284 763333 to speak to us.

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