Unmarried Couples Solicitors – 174 Family Law
Nearly a third of adults in England and Wales mistakenly think that couples acquire “common law” rights after living with their partner for a prescribed amount of time or having children together.
The fact of the matter
Unfortunately, this is not the case. Trusting in these non-existent protections can put unmarried partners at a significant disadvantage – especially if the relationship breaks down.
Just because you have lived together for say 6 months, 2 years or 20 or more years does not mean you automatically acquire any legal rights where property for example is in the sole name of your “other half” or that you will recover any greater financial contributions you may have made.
Unfortunately, there is no such concept of Common Law Husband or Wife. You may well be treated in the eyes of the law as a commercial arrangement with the applicable laws reflecting this.
This sits very uncomfortably with the team at 174 Family Law and will always look at ways in which our unmarried couples can protect their interests. This can be done preferable at the start of the relationship when you look to live with each other. Alternatively you can make appropriate planning and effect changes during your relationship or otherwise once your relationship has come to an end.
Whether you are moving in together or just planning for the future, it is a good idea to seek legal advice as there are steps you can take to give yourself certainty and avoid potential unfairness.
To speak to one of our expert family lawyers, you can either call us on 0151 647 7372 or fill in our contact form and we will call you back.
OK, I've decided to separate, how do I protect my assets?
Here's our 10-step guide to secure your best interests post-separation...
1. Contact 174 Family Law
2. Consider your options
3. Formally instruct 174 Family Law
4. Referal to Mediation
5. Mediation not an option?
6. Initial legal letter sent to your ex
7. Await your exe's response
8. Make an application to Court
9. Final Order Agreed/Declared
10. Implementation of Final Order
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