We are specialist Divorce and Family solicitors within Croydon and Central London and have a strong reputation in assisting clients with marital issues. We offer competitive pricing and offer a bespoke service to all our clients.
Setting up a home together
There is no such thing in law as “Common Law Husband” or “Common Law Wife”. However, there are steps you can take to ensure the financial wellbeing of your family even if you are not married. We can explain to you the current state of affairs and the legal implications of cohabiting with your partner.
If you’re not planning on getting married but you own a property with your partner, we’d recommend getting a cohabitation agreement put together. We know that no-one in a happy relationship wants to consider the possibility of separation, but having the agreement in place just means that you’ve got all the details about who owns what in what proportion all written down (and how it would be divided). It can also include how children would be supported and how what will be done about joint debts, bank accounts, savings and other items.
If you’re living with your partner and are happy as you are without entering into a civil partnership or marriage, it would be worthwhile to consider whether a cohabitation agreements is right for you. No-one likes to think about the end of a relationship but taking the time now to put in place a document which sets out very clearly your intentions could save you a lot of worry and heartache if the worst happens in the future.
The end of the relationship
Unlike married couples, when a cohabiting couple’s relationship ends, there is no legal provision for maintenance or the fair distribution of property. We can advise you about the law in this area and how you can protect your position should your relationship end.
How Barnes Harrild & Dyer Solicitors can help
For further information and a free telephone consultation, reach out to us via the blue contact boxes at the top of this page, and a Divorce and Family solicitor from our Central London or Croydon office will get back to you with a same day response.