Family Law for Unmarried Couples
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If you are unmarried but separating from your partner, you will be concerned about your rights. It is a myth that there is such a thing as a common-law spouse or marriage and that this gives you financial claims on the breakdown of your relationship. This concept was abolished over two hundred and fifty years ago. At Harrogate Family Law, we have specialists who deal with Family Law for Unmarried Couples.
Rights for Unmarried Couples
Any claims that you may have on separation are likely to be limited to:
- provision for child maintenance through the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (which used to be dealt with by the Child Support Agency)
- application through the courts for further child support
- possible interest in the family home. These cases are extremely complex and it is crucial that you seek expert advice at an early stage so that you are aware of your rights and whether your interest in the property can be protected
We also provide legal advice to people before they live together. We can prepare a cohabitation contract, which can deal with what the financial arrangements will be if your relationship later breaks down. This can provide some certainty and peace of mind.
To arrange a FREE 30 minute interview with a family law solicitor to establish the rights for unmarried couples, please click here or call on 01423 594 680. We are available seven days a week.