Cohabiting Couples Separation Rights and Cohabitee Disputes2023-11-21T14:40:52+00:00

Cohabitee Disputes and Cohabiting Couples Separation Rights

Our Cohabitation Solicitors are here to help to resolve your cohabitation dispute…..

Cohabitation is becoming increasingly common in the UK, with more and more couples choosing to live together without getting married. While this may seem like a practical and romantic decision, it can also lead to legal complications if the relationship breaks down especially if the couple did not create a cohabitation agreement. Unfortunately, cohabitee disputes are on the rise but cohabiting couples separation rights are limited and this has been recognised which is why in 2017, the Cohabitation Rights Bill was introduced in the UK Parliament. If passed, this bill would give cohabiting couples similar legal rights and protections as married couples, including the right to inherit a partner’s assets and the right to apply for financial support if the relationship ends. However, the bill has not yet been passed and it is unclear when or if it will become law, so for now we have to rely on the limited legal routes available to resolve cohabitee disputes. If you are involved in a cohabitee dispute it’s crucial that you take advice from a cohabitee dispute solicitor who specialises in this area.

Why Choose Tyrer Roxburgh Solicitors to Advise on Your Cohabitee Dispute

Choosing a solicitor for cohabitee dispute cases is an important decision. Tyrer Roxburgh is a law firm specialising in cohabitee dispute cases in the UK. They have experience in handling legal matters related to cohabitation, property ownership, financial contributions, child arrangements, inheritance and joint debts.

By choosing Tyrer Roxburgh as your cohabitte dispute solicitors, you can benefit from their expertise and guidance in navigating the legal complexities of cohabitee disputes. It is always advisable to consult with a legal professional to ensure your rights are protected and to find the best resolution for your situation.

Common Disputes Between Cohabiting Couples

Cohabiting couples can face a variety of disputes, some of which are unique to their situation. Here are some of the most common disputes that arise between cohabiting couples during the relationship and in the event of separation;

  • Property Sole Ownership: One of the most significant disputes that can arise between cohabiting couples is who owns the property they live in. If the property is only in one person’s name, the other may have no legal right to it, even if they have contributed to mortgage payments or renovations.
  • Property Joint Ownership: Cases where one party refuses to cooperate in a sale of a property or where a couple can’t agree a fair transfer of equity arrangement.
  • Financial Contributions: Cohabiting couples may also argue over who is responsible for paying bills, rent and other expenses. If one person earns significantly more than the other, this can lead to resentment and disputes over financial contributions.
  • Child Arrangements and Support: If the couple has children together, disputes may arise over custody and child support. Unlike married couples, cohabiting couples do not have automatic parental responsibility for each other’s children.
  • Inheritance: In the event of one partner’s death, the surviving partner may have no legal right to inherit their assets, even if they have been living together for many years.
  • Joint Debts: If the couple has joint debts, such as a mortgage or credit card, they may argue over who is responsible for paying them off if the relationship ends.

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How to Handle Cohabitee Disputescohabiting couples separation rights

If you are facing a dispute with your cohabiting partner, either during the relationship or during separation, it is essential to handle it in a calm and rational manner. Here are some steps you can take to resolve the issue:

Communicate Openly

The first step in resolving any dispute is to communicate openly and honestly with your partner. Try to understand their perspective and explain your own calmly.

Seek Legal Advice

If the dispute involves property or finances, it may be necessary to seek legal advice. A cohabitee dispute specialist solicitor can help you understand your rights and options and may be able to negotiate on your behalf.

Consider Mediation

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party helps you and your partner reach a mutually agreeable solution. It can be a less expensive and less confrontational alternative to going to court.

Cohabitee Disputes

Cohabitee disputes can be complex and challenging to navigate, especially without clear legal rights and protections in place. The introduction of the Cohabitation Rights Bill in the UK Parliament aimed to address this issue by granting cohabiting couples similar legal rights as married couples. If passed, the bill would provide cohabiting couples with the right to inherit a partner’s assets and the ability to seek financial support in the event of a relationship breakdown.

However, it is important to note that the bill has not yet been passed and its future remains uncertain. Until such legislation is in place, cohabiting couples should consider creating legally binding agreements, such as cohabitation agreements or wills, to protect their interests and ensure a fair resolution in the event of a dispute. However, for couples already in dispute, the specialist solicitors and Tyrer Roxburgh can help to find a solution which will enable you to move forward with your life.

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