Cohabitation and the Law
The legal term for such partnerships known as cohabitation is when you are not married or involved in a civil partnership, yet live together with your partner.
Unfortunately, when a cohabitation relationship ends, there is no lawful obligation for maintenance to be paid by either party.
This position is exacerbated when the Courts look at the division of the cohabiting couples’ property, because sadly, the Court is not allowed to apply the notion of fairness or reasonableness that is otherwise built into the law of divorce.
Cohabitation and Property
If a property is jointly owned as joint tenants or tenants in common, you are entitled to your defined share of the property upon separation.
It gets a little trickier if you don’t own the property. You will need to demonstrate how you have made a direct or indirect financial contribution towards the property you are claiming an interest in.
We can help you can make an application under Section 14 of the Trusts of Land Appointment of Trustees Act 1996. This allows you to obtain a Court order for either the sale of your jointly owned property, or obtain a declaration saying whether you have a financial interest in the property and the extent of that interest.
Cohabitation and Children
The Courts will take your children under consideration if they are impacted by your split. Whoever takes care of the children will have the right to receive maintenance by way of a Child Maintenance Service assessment.
We can help you consider if it is possible to obtain an order under Schedule 1 of the Children Act for a property adjustment order or lump sum payment order.
If you are subjected to abuse or harassment from your partner or your ex, we can help you with taking legal proceedings for an Injunction for this to stop under Part 4 of the Family Law Act.
Do you require Solicitors in Kent to make Child arrangements?
Robinson Allfree is a reputable Kent-based law firm with years of experience with cohabitation and child arrangements and identifying practical legal solutions.
We understand the seriousness and delicacy of situations involving family and children and the turmoil they can cause. That’s why our team is especially trained to handle all sensitive situations in a highly private and respectful manner.
If you need expert legal advice regarding cohabitation, get in contact with us today.
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