As we co-habited I should be entitled to some form of maintenance now we’ve separated

Apr 14, 2014
Co-habitation with a person does not give rise to financial rights against that person when the relationship breaks down. Unlike marriage where the matrimonial finances can be considered and spousal maintenance can be awarded by the Court, once cohabiting parties separate there is no right for one of the parties to be financially supported by the other. Also there is no automatic claim against assets held by that part.

If cohabiting parties have children together then in certain instances a party would be entitled to make an application to the Court for maintenance for the benefit of the children but not for themself.

For further information about separation and cohabiting please contact our Family & Matrimonial Law Team at or call 01279 712556.

Jenna Brewer

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Jenna Brewer

Jenna joined Nockolds in 2005 and is a Charted Legal Executive in our Family Team. Whilst at Nockolds Jenna has studied law through CILEX (The Chartered ...

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