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We are unmarried but our relationship has broken down…..what are my next steps?

During these difficult times relationships are under even more pressure than usual. We often see a rise in enquiries following the Christmas period when families have spent a great deal of time... Read full article

How this costly dispute underlines the importance of a cohabitation agreement

An unmarried couple who failed to set out in writing how the family home was to be divided if they split, have had their fate decided by a county court judge. Kim Springall argued that the £1.5... Read full article

Happy New Year for opposite sex couples who want a civil partnership

Opposite sex couples will be able to enter into a civil partnership from 31 December this year. The House of Lords, in one of its final acts before parliament was dissolved for the general election... Read full article

Planning a wedding? Make sure you know about marriage registration changes

A major overhaul of the way marriages are to be registered could be introduced as soon as this year with potentially huge implications for some newlywed couples. Most people know that the new Civil... Read full article

Number of cohabiting couples overtakes married couples

As Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds become the first unmarried couple to live together in 10 Downing Street, new research conveniently shows that cohabiting couples are now the UK’s... Read full article

Cohabitee wins right to late partner’s military pension

A woman refused her late partner’s military pension because she was still technically married to her estranged husband has won a landmark victory for cohabiting couples in the Court of Appeal.... Read full article

Woman wins £325,000 from late partner’s estate after ‘sad dispute’ with his daughters

A woman misled into moving out of the home she’d shared with her partner by his two daughters after he died has won her claim for reasonable financial provision from his estate. Carole Taylor, 70,... Read full article

Yet another survey shows common law marriage myth still exists

The urgent need to raise awareness of the fact that partners who live together do not have the same legal protection as married couples has been highlighted by a new survey. Almost half of people in... Read full article

Cohabiting siblings – is a change in the law in sight?

Mixed-sex couples are now to be allowed the option of a civil partnership – so why not siblings who own and share a home? Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh said recently: “Why should siblings... Read full article

Cohabitee wins reasonable financial provision claim from deceased partner’s estate

A disabled man left just £5,000 in his cohabiting partner’s Will after a 20 year relationship and faced with having to move out of the home they shared, had not had reasonable financial provision... Read full article

Opposite-sex couples can now have a civil partnership

In a move which has been heralded as a victory for equality, the right to enter into a civil partnership is to be extended to heterosexual couples. Since March 2014, opposite-sex couples have been... Read full article

Landmark court case could help tens of thousands of cohabiting parents

An unmarried woman of four children who was refused widowed parent’s allowance after her partner of 23 years died, has won a court battle that could lead to a change in the law for cohabiting... Read full article

Landmark civil partnership ruling sparks call to change law for cohabiting couples

As news breaks that an opposite-sex couple have won their legal battle to have a civil partnership instead of a marriage, calls have been renewed for the law to be urgently reformed in relation to... Read full article

Woman left nothing in her partner’s Will awarded cottage to live in outright

A woman who had lived with her partner for 42 years but was left nothing when he died has been awarded a cottage and money to refurbish it and live on by a High Court judge. The decision, which could... Read full article

Unmarried woman wins legal fight over bereavement damages

A woman who was denied bereavement damages after her long term partner died has won a landmark legal battle to win fairer compensation for unmarried people who lose their partner. Jakki Smith from... Read full article

National awareness week to help cohabiting couples understand their legal rights

The drive to ensure that as many cohabitating couples as possible understand how limited their legal rights are compared to married couples is to continue with a special awareness week dedicated to... Read full article

Cohabiting couples – make sure it’s clear who owns what if you split, including investment property

Having property and land in an exotic location may seem like a faraway dream to most of us but a recent dispute involving a cohabiting couple who jointly owned several investment properties on a... Read full article

New survey shows many cohabiting couples still don’t understand their legal status

As pressure grows for greater legal protection for cohabiting couples, so does the evidence that many cohabitees still mistakenly believe they have the same rights as married couples. A recent survey... Read full article

Buying a property with family? Read the small print

It is now increasingly common for siblings and friends to buy a property together and a recent court case shows how important it is not only to take independent legal advice but to make sure you read... Read full article

Should civil partnerships be an option for cohabiting heterosexual couples?

The Government is coming under increasing pressure to look at the future of civil partnerships and consider whether they should now be an option for heterosexual as well as same sex couples. Despite... Read full article
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