In this day and age, many couples live together as husband and wife but do not marry.
The rules which govern unmarried couples are very different to those of married couples and this can be a complex area of law.
We recognise that this can be a difficult subject and we offer specialist advice on cohabitation disputes which are growing in number due to the number of couples choosing to live together rather than marry.
We can advise clients before they take the step to live together to ensure that clients protect assets which they are taking into the relationship. We provide constructive advice for those clients who are leaving a relationship and are anxious about the settlement they could achieve to enable them to start again.
Wherever possible, we seek to negotiate with the other party to achieve a fair and appropriate settlement.
We take a pragmatic approach and if negotiation is not possible at an early stage, we advise clients on the appropriate application to make to the Court and guide them through the more complex aspects of cohabitation proceedings such as proceedings under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. Again, we strive to do so in the most cost effective way.