Cohabitation Agreement

The law pertaining to cohabitation (living together without marriage) is very different to that which applies to married couples.


If you are separating from your cohabiting partner, it may be worthwhile getting to know your legal rights, especially in complex matters where property, finances, inheritance, and custody of your children are concerned.


OUR team of specialist lawyers have also dealt with numerous cases concerning the future educational needs of the children and inheritance. The law does not provide cohabiting couples with the same legal rights as married couples meaning that the law is complex, so we would encourage you to know your rights.


We also encourage both partners to work amicably and aim to resolve the matter through mediation or collaboration. Our team is certainly well placed to deal with your case without raising a conflict. In circumstances where a sterner approach is required to secure your and your children’s rights, we will discuss the court procedure with you thoroughly before proceeding.


In order to ensure that you are secure from the outset of your relationship, we recommend drafting a cohabitation agreement that records you and your partner’s intentions about the split of property and finances and even the time that the children will spend with each parent in the event that the relationship ends. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

You have to be married for at least one year before divorce can be commenced. 

No. You are able to divorce in the UK as long as you or your spouse have been resident here for at least one year before starting your case, or you and your spouse are domiciled in the UK.

No. The same procedure has to be followed before divorce is finalised. See Our Flowchart

– A divorce petition

– Original Marriage Certificate, with translation if appropriate

– A fee

An ‘agreed divorce’ takes about 5-6 months to finalise.

You are still able to divorce by showing the court that you have made attempts to locate them. The facts of 2 years’ separation with consent or adultery should not be relied upon in this instance.

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