Co-habiting couples do not have the same legally recognised rights and obligations as parties who are married. Unfortunately, at David Lee Solicitors we have seen too many cases where couples assume they have rights when they live together.
The idea of a common law wife or husband having the same rights as a married couple is a myth. No rights are obtained by living together; no matter how long a couple has lived together.
The law treats co-habitees and those who live together as separate people with no automatic rights against each other, if the relationship comes to an end.
When an unmarried couple separates, each person keeps the assets which are in their name, even if this is the family home.
If property is jointly owned, such as the family home, then there is a process to divide the value of the property. This can sometimes be long winded and expensive.
The law relating to cohabitation is a complex area and often women co-habitees can lose out by not taking advice.
At David Lee Solicitors, we can advise you on the relevant law and explain to you what options are available to you. We can advise you on your rights and obligations when ending a relationship with your co-habitee.
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us today.