Financial issues between cohabiting and unmarried couples

There is no such thing as common law marriage in the UK, so if you are not married or registered as a civil partner, then you will have limited financial rights if you separate from your partner. We can advise you on your entitlement, and how to deal with your assets and finances if you separate.  

A top family law firm, we work with clients all over the UK from our offices in London and the New Forest. Working with many LGBT+ clients and other non-traditional families, we have a modern and inclusive approach, and regularly help wealthy professionals.

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How are assets divided on separation?

There is no formal legal process to separate shared assets for unmarried couples, and the legal approach is to assess who owns what.

The family home is often the key asset, although disputes sometimes arise in relation to other valuable assets. Whether owned jointly or in one partner’s name, you might not be able to agree how the value should be shared between you. You might also disagree about whether it should be sold, and whether it should remain available for your children to live in for a period of time. If you cannot reach an agreement, you or your partner can make an application to the court, which might be to:

  • Clarify how the value of your home or other asset should be shared between you

  • Decide whether your home should be sold

  • Decide whether provision should be made for your children to continue living in your home or another property.

We can advise you on your financial position, and represent you in negotiations with your former partner or in court proceedings.

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What about financial provision for children?

If you are a legal parent, you will be financially responsible for your children.  If they do not live with you, this means you will normally have to pay regular maintenance to the parent they mainly live with. The family court can also make orders providing for children financially, including awards of capital, top-up maintenance and the use of assets (particularly homes) for children.  

We can advise you on your or your partner’s liability and represent you in negotiations and court proceedings.

Find out more about how we can help with financial provision for children.

How we help cohabiting and unmarried couples

We usually start with a meeting to discuss your situation in detail and to advise you on what you can expect financially. From there we can represent you in negotiations with your former partner and in any appropriate court proceedings. We will advise you sensibly, given our long experience, and represent you robustly so that you get the best outcome as efficiently and constructively as possible. Our work is charged competitively on an hourly rate basis, with regular monthly invoicing and clear costs estimates given at every stage.

We typically deal with financial proceedings alongside other issues such as settling arrangements for children.

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