Cohabitation is when two people live together in a romantic relationship without being married. Cohabitation is becoming increasingly common, with more and more couples choosing to live together before, or instead of, getting married. While this can be a great way to test the waters and see if you are compatible, it also brings about a unique set of legal issues that need to be addressed because cohabitation rights are currently not recognised in UK law.
Legal Rights for Cohabiting Couples in the UK
Cohabiting couples in the UK do not have the same legal rights and protections as married couples which means that cohabiting couples separation rights are very limited. However, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your partner. If you are cohabiting, or considering cohabitating with someone, there are legal options available to help you to avoid a cohabitee dispute or, in the event of a dispute arising, the resolution is either predetermined or simplified if the one or all of the following are in place.
- Create a cohabitation agreement: A cohabitation agreement can help prevent disputes and provide clarity in case of a relationship breakdown.
- Create a will: If you want your partner to inherit your assets in the event of your death, you must create a will. Otherwise, your assets will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy, which may not align with your wishes.
- Register as civil partners: Same-sex couples can register as civil partners, which gives them similar legal rights and protections as married couples.
- Consider joint ownership: If you are buying a property with your partner, consider joint ownership. This means that both of your names will be on the property’s title, giving you both legal rights to it.
The cohabitation solicitors at Tyer Roxburgh can help to offer some legal protection to cohabitating couples.
Cohabiting couples can face a variety of disputes surrounding property, children, finance and debts. When a cohabitee dispute does arise you need a cohabitee dispute solicitors that specialises in the area. Tyrer Roxburgh’s Cohabitation Solicitors can help, for more information visit Cohabitation Disputes.