Contrary to popular belief, under the law of England and Wales, there is no such thing as a common law marriage. This means that cohabitants have no legal rights against each other in the same way that married couples do should the relationship break down.
Unfortunately, as so many people believe that there is such a thing as common law marriage, and that they will be protected in the event of relationship breakdown, issues can the arise as to, for example, the ownership of the family home, bank accounts, investments and personal chattels. We can help to ensure that you are protected in the event that the relationship breaks down.
We can help you to ensure that your interests in a property are protected, and that any other agreement in relation to the ownership of the property, such as what should happen if one cohabitee dies or if the relationship breaks down, is upheld.
We can also help to protect any other agreement in relation to your cohabitation, such as the ownership of any bank accounts, vehicles or other assets as well as who will be responsible for the outgoings of the property. We can also help to protect cohabitees who have given up work to care for the children of the relationship.
Upon the death of a partner, it may be possible for cohabitees to claim against their estate but is not guaranteed and the extent of that claim will be uncertain. Our specialist advisors can also help to ensure that your wishes as to what you and your partner should each receive from your respective estates upon death are upheld, and that you each have adequate insurance in place to protect the other in the event of death.
We can help with:
- Protecting your or your parents’ contributions towards the purchase of your property
- Protecting your or your parents’ contributions should you die
- Protecting any agreement in relation to the occupation of the property and ownership of other assets
- Ensuring that your wishes as to what your partner should receive upon your death are upheld
- Ensuring that there is adequate insurance in place to protect your partner and any children upon your death
- Claims on behalf of children of the relationship