Topic: Cohabitation Issues

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Cohabiting rights: Legal rights when living together

15th February 2017 | Cohabitation Issues

Your legal rights when cohabiting are significantly different to the legal rights available to a married couple or civil partners. Unfortunately, there are no automatic rights to claims over your partner’s assets no matter how long you have lived with your partner. Where do you stand on cohabiting rights? In 2007, the Law Commission published its recommendations to introduce legislation to provide financial relief to cohabiting couples, but this was not progressed in England and Wales....

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Parents behind surge in living together agreements

26th July 2013 | Cohabitation Issues, Family Matters

There’s been a large increase in the number of couples drawing up living together agreements – sometimes known as cohabitation agreements or ‘no-nups’. Some family lawyers say the figures have doubled in the last few years. The increase coincides with the growing trend for parents to provide their children with large sums to help buy a property, invest in a business idea or even to cover living costs. Many parents now insist on written agreements to ensure the money...

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How legal agreements can help cohabiting couples

5th April 2013 | Cohabitation Issues, Family Matters

Legal Agreements To Help Cohabiting Couples | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors Cohabiting couples are often mistaken about their legal rights. Many believe there is such a thing as common law marriage giving them the same legal protection as married couples. Unfortunately for them, this is not true. Cohabiting couples have very few automatic rights and this can cause numerous problems. For example, if your home is in your ex-partner’s name then you will have no...

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Judge wants more rights for cohabiting couples

27th August 2012 | Cohabitation Issues

Judge Wants More Cohabiting Couples Rights | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  A leading judge has called for cohabiting couples in England and Wales to be given the same legal rights as those in Scotland to prevent the kind of injustice and hardship that can occur when relationships come to an end. The call from Lady Hale is important because thousands of cohabiting couples are under the illusion that they have the same legal rights as people who are married. It’s a...

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The importance of Cohabitation Agreements

4th May 2012 | Cohabitation Issues

The Importance of Cohabitation Agreements | Middletons Solicitors | Andover Solicitors  Disputes often arise between cohabiting couples who have no legal agreement about how their assets should be divided if their relationship breaks down and they separate. In a recent case, a man found that he was not entitled to a half share in the house where he had lived with his partner. The woman in the case had entered a property as a local authority tenant. The man moved in later and...

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