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May 7, 2020

Cohabiting couples don’t have the same legal rights as married couples, which can cause major problems if their relationship breaks down.

Many cohabitants think ahead and draw up a living together agreement that sets out in advance how their assets should be shared if t...

February 14, 2020

Cards and flowers are lovely but for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, couples should get the law on their side.

Ok, so the finer points of legal documents don’t rank high on the Romance Richter scale, but they can still play a surprisingly positive role in creating be...

May 2, 2019

Cohabiting couples are being urged to draw up living together agreements to decide in advance how their assets should be divided if their relationship breaks down.

The Law Society points out that unmarried cohabiting couples are the fastest growing type of family in the...

April 25, 2019

A cohabiting couple whose relationship has broken down will walk away with an equal share of their £1m home due to a conversation they had in a pub.

That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Claire Chipperfield, 52, and Andrew Horn, 58, who lived toget...

February 7, 2019

Nearly half the people in England and Wales still believe in ‘common law’ marriage, with many cohabiting couples unaware of the risks they run if their relationship breaks down.

A survey carried out by the National Centre for Social Research and Exeter University found...

September 27, 2018

Few misconceptions about the law have caused as much heartache as the myth of common law marriage.

There are more than three million cohabiting couples in the UK and according to recent research, more than half of them believe they have the same legal rights as married...

November 27, 2017

Our Managing Director, and accredited family law solicitor, Hasan Hadi has called on unmarried couples in London to take action to protect themselves, as they could be vulnerable if the relationship breaks down.

Hasan made the calls as part of a national Cohabitation Aw...

July 5, 2017

Recent statistics released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of unmarried couples moving in together and cohabiting has increased from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2016. Cohabiting couples now account for over 17.5% of all famili...

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