Cohabitation

Leading advisory and dispute resolution advice for cohabiting couples.

Increasingly, couples are choosing to live together without getting married. However, many misconceptions exist surrounding the status and financial implications of the relationship. Our family law team can provide legal advice at the start of a relationship, when consideration should be given to a cohabitation agreement, as well as dispute resolution for cohabitating couples if their relationship breaks down.

There is no such thing as a "common law marriage". Even if you have lived together for many years, or have children together, there is no special status afforded to your relationship. This means that should the relationship break down, you would be reliant on trust and property law to determine your respective financial positions.

We have extensive expertise in negotiating settlements in relation to property and jointly held assets on relationship breakdown. We are equally experienced in making applications to the court to determine respective parties' interests.

We also encourage people to approach us at the beginning of a relationship and consider the merits of cohabitation agreements. Understanding the position at the outset and taking simple precautionary measures can prevent significant problems later on.

To help you deal with any issues in relation to cohabitation please view our clients' frequently asked questions.

We offer a free 30 minute consultation on matters concerning cohabitation.

Frequently asked questions

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