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Unmarried Couples

The law for unmarried couples going through a separation is entirely different than for those who are married. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage and unmarried couples are not covered by the standard rules around the division of property and other assets that apply to divorce and civil partnership dissolution.

A specialist approach is therefore required to ensure you are treated fairly and your future needs are met. Disputes over financial issues between separating unmarried couples are usually dealt with under the terms of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (ToLATA).

This is something many family law teams do not offer expertise in, but with which our family lawyers have extensive experience, so we can help you achieve a positive outcome under even the most difficult circumstances.

If you’re thinking about cohabiting or buying a property together you should take advice from one of our specialist solicitors about how to protect your position in case your relationship later breaks down.

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