Cohabitation Disputes

There has been a big increase in the number of couples who choose to co-habit prior to or instead of marriage or civil partnership. Many cohabitees are choosing to buy a property together to get on the property ladder.

There is a common misconception that cohabitees have the same rights as married couples or civil partners under common law. This is simply not the case, and the law for cohabitees is in fact very different from that for divorcing couples or dissolutions of civil partnerships.

At Morecrofts, we believe that, as people are increasingly choosing to cohabit, they not only require legal advice on relationship breakdowns in this area, but also wish to regulate ownership and occupation of properties, either at the time of purchase or during the period of cohabitation.

Our specialist family law team can advise you on the following areas: 

  • Cohabitation agreements.
  • Protecting interests in a property
  • Occupation of a property following relationship breakdown
  • Recovering a financial interest in a property upon relationship breakdown.

We understand how worrying legal costs can be so have a range of payment options available to suit your budget and needs. We offer fixed fee packages alongside our traditional fee system and we work with you to decide which is best for you and your family. We will assess whether you are eligible for legal aid and, as we have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency, we can grant legal aid immediately if necessary.

To find out more about our first class legal services call us on 0800 949 9123 or use the enquiry form.