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Cohabitation and Separation

When unmarried couples separate there can often be disputes regarding the ownership and sale of jointly held property.

Contrary to common understanding, English law has no concept of common law partners and the same rules apply whether co-owners are unmarried partners, business associates or friends.
 
Separation for Non married Couples and Cohabitees
 
If your relationship breaks down we can advise you on your rights regarding any joint property and also the support of your children including: 
  • who is entitled to live in the property and pay the mortgage 
  • compelling the sale of the property or buying your partner out
  • on sale, how the proceeds are divided 
  • children issues
  • mediation, negotiation and court  
  • other assets and debts including bank accounts, loans, cars and pets
We will assist you in considering the options to recover your assets or keep a roof over your head, avoiding acrimony where possible and seeking a speedy resolution.
 
Download the pdf to read more. 
 
Cohabitation Agreements
 
No one likes to plan for the possibility of separation at the start of their relationship, but disputes regarding cohabitation can usually be avoided by couples formally agreeing at the start of their cohabitation who will be entitled to what.
 
Such agreements are increasingly common. We can advise you on how best to organise your affairs including cohabitation agreements and arrangements in respect of jointly owned property such as formal declarations of trust.
CONTACTS
Tina Coward
Tina Coward

Head of Family Law

dd: 01722 820933
e: tina.coward@sampsoncoward.co.uk

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Erica Cottrell
Erica Cottrell

Family Law Solicitor

dd: 01722 820937
e: erica.cottrell@sampsoncoward.co.uk

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Matthew Knight
Matthew Knight

Head of Civil Litigation

dd: 01722 820931                                                       e: matthewknight@sampsoncoward.co.uk

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Katherine Samuels
Katherine Samuels

Litigation and Disputes

dd: 01722 820938                                                       e:  katherinesamuels@sampsoncoward.co.uk

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