The law relating to unmarried couples is complex and often misunderstood. Anyone living together should seek legal advice on how to protect their interests. We can advise on:
If a home is held in one partner's name, the other partner does not have the right to continue to occupy it. However they may be able to claim a share of the proceeds of the property on a sale depending upon any agreement they reached with their partner or upon whether they have contributed to the value.
For cohabiting couples, who jointly own property, the recent case of Kernott and Jones is a cautionary tale! In this case a Judge decided that Mr Kernott still owned 50% of the property, even though he had moved out 17 years previously, without making any further contributions to the property or the mortgage.
We can draw up binding agreements to set out a couple’s financial responsibilities to each other and their shares in joint property.
Unmarried partners have no rights for maintenance or capital sums from their partner on the relationship ending. The partner who cares for any child of the relationship can seek maintenance on the child’s behalf through the Child Support Agency. They may also be able to claim capital sums for the child's benefit through the court.
An unmarried partner does not automatically inherit their partner's estate. It is therefore essential that unmarried couples make wills
Anne Thistlethwaite, specialist Family Lawyer at AMD Solicitors considers the implications of a recent court decision.
As the government plans to encourage separating couples to consider methods of dispute resolution rather than resorting to court proceedings, Alison Dukes, Specialist Family Solicitor with AMD Solicitors and a trained Collaborative Lawyer explains how an alternative approach to relationship breakdown may be right for you.