Legal Matters for Unmarried Couples

The fastest growing family type in the UK are unmarried couples living together, yet regular research surveys show that couples who are taking the step of living together do not understand the legal implications of doing so.

At Lupton Fawcett we have a team of expert family solicitors that are understanding and sympathetic to your needs, whether you are starting your relationship or if your relationship has broken down. We can provide tailored advice on your particular circumstances so that you understand the implications of moving in with your partner and make sure that your interests are protected or we can advise you on your rights if you are separating from your partner.

Many people believe that couples that cohabit benefit from the same, or similar, legal protection as married couples in the event that they separate. This is often referred to as a “common law marriage”. This is far from the case as there is no such thing as a common law marriage. The reality is that there is very little protection for couples who are living together and unmarried, leaving millions of people at risk of significant financial hardship should they separate or their partner die without leaving a will.

It is possible, and unfortunately relatively common, that a person separating from their partner of many years could find themselves with no financial interest in their home and that their partner has no obligation to support them financially. On the other hand, if a person has been the main or sole financial contributor towards the mortgage, they could find themselves having to hand over half of the equity in the property to their partner in the event that they separate.

It is possible, and unfortunately relatively common, that a person separating from their partner of many years could find themselves with no financial interest in their home and that their partner has no obligation to support them financially. On the other hand, if a person has been the main or sole financial contributor towards the mortgage, they could find themselves having to hand over half of the equity in the property to their partner in the event that they separate.

If you are thinking of moving in with your partner then you should consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement, to record what you and your partner think should happen if you are to separate. By entering into a Cohabitation Agreement at the outset of your cohabiting relationship can provide financial security and certainty in the future. find more information about Cohabitation Agreements here

If you have separated from your partner, or thinking of separating and want some advice on your options then please contact us

Talk to our Family Solicitors in Confidence

If you wish to talk to one of our family solicitors about protecting the assets of you or your partner, or if you are looking to separate from a relationship with you partner where you jointly own assets but are unmarried, rest assured that our family law team have the legal expertise and experience to help you reach a positive outcome.

Get in touch with our Yorkshire-based team today by calling our Leeds, York or Sheffield offices on 0330 404 6443, by sending us an email or by filling out the enquiry form on this page and letting us know a suitable time to call you back.

Lupton Fawcett is a leading Family law Solicitors firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in LeedsSheffield and York.

Our Family Lawyers act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.  We can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

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The service we received was excellent and we were impressed by your professional and sympathetic approach. It was good to understand the processes involved in what was a complex case. In comparison to the responding solicitors, we were very impressed by the detail of your letters and the care in which you took to represent our concerns. Should the need arise in the future, we would have no hesitation in contacting you. Thank you once again for your guidance and support Richard (Buckley).

Mr and Mrs Davis

You have been outstanding on getting this total nightmare resolved! And I applaud you whole heartedly.

Casey Munday

"Not only do I think Chris Burns is a good solicitor, he was able to calm me down and reassure me when things got tough."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Lupton Fawcett’s Family team, in particular Richard Buckley, have consistently provided a service that was not only strong, balanced and responsive but also never lost sight of the deeply personal and emotional nature of my case.

Mr Shaw

Chris Burns was recommended to me by a business contact. He guided me through my divorce and helped me reach a financial settlement which I was satisfied with as well as the other party. Chris also provided a high level of service and always offered sensible and clear advice throughout the process

Mr G

I instructed Chris Burns to draw up a post nuptial agreement as I was undertaking a management buy out of my business. Chris provided clear, practical and pragmatic advice. He was assisted by Richard Buckley and together they were able to advise me about and draw up the Agreement and helped me reach my objective diligently and efficiently.

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