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Carmelita Ardren

Head of Family, Children and Divorce

Ellie Foster

Legal Director

Joanna Lofthouse

Senior Associate

Claire Hunter

Associate

Lucy Westmoreland

Trainee Chartered Legal Executive

Cohabitation is on the increase, often as a conscious alternative to marriage or a civil partnership.  Cohabitees are often unaware of the financial implications of cohabitation and their rights should their relationship break down.

The law relating to separating cohabiting couples is very different to that for married couples and civil partners. It is a myth that cohabitees have rights as a “common law spouse”.  Despite what many people think, there is no such concept under English law.  Cohabitees do not have the protection of matrimonial legislation, particularly regarding financial matters.  In broad terms any claims separating cohabitees have are limited to property, where ownership or an interest can be proved, and claims on behalf of any children.  These limitations can lead to unexpected results, sometimes leaving one party in a difficult financial position even though they may have spent years sacrificing their own career, caring for the home and/or looking after children.

Raworths’ Family Law team provides sound specialist advice to help you navigate through the implications of a separation.  We can also advise you about related issues such as:

For more information or to discuss your situation please contact a member the Raworths Family Law team.

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