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There is a common misconception that “common law marriage” entitles cohabiting couples to the same legal status as a married couple, with a widely held view that the longer the length of the relationship, the greater the entitlement to assets and income, however this is not the case.
With no legal recognition and without the same rights as married couples, unmarried couples can often be left in a vulnerable position following the breakdown of a relationship, with no automatic rights to property or finances.
If you are working through the breakdown of a relationship, our experienced team of solicitors can advise you on financial issues and matters relating to children. By working closely with you, we can put together a separation agreement that formalises your arrangements and gives each person in the relationship the opportunity to decide how joint assets and responsibilities should be divided between them.
If you and your partner live together but have decided not to marry, our expert team can help you put together a Cohabitation Agreement. This is a legally binding document that clarifies your affairs in relation to finances, property and children, and provides certainty and peace of mind should your relationship break down in the future.
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