When married couples divorce, both people have a legal right to maintenance and their share of assets. The judiciary has complete discretion under marital law to take all the circumstances and history of the relationship into account and decide on a fair division.
Cohabiting couples have no such rights, regardless of the number of years they have been together and whether they have children. When cohabiting, a couples individual property rights are the same as those of strangers or flatmates who have lived together.
Relationship break downs can be traumatic. Rather than being simpler because you 'don't have to get divorced', for cohabitees, dealing with your fiances, assets and how it will affect your children can make the separation even more stressful and complicated.
We can advise you upon entering into a cohabitation agreement with your partner in order to detail your intentions at the outset or during a relationship and also guide you with what will happen should you unfortunately go your separate ways.
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Frettens are pleased to offer a free initial appointment for all new clients. We recognise the importance for clients of deciding whether they can work with a particular solicitor and to find out more about the process and likely outcome. Our family lawyers offer positive, down to earth advice, and we hope that this initial meeting allows you the time to see this as well.
Contact us if you would like a free initial appointment with a member of our Family Team at our Christchurch office, with no obligation or charge. Call on 01202 499255 or fill out the form on the right.