When unmarried couples separate, they have far less legal rights than a married couple and it’s important to seek specialist legal advice to understand the options. Assets such as the family home are not treated the same as they would be on divorce, and this can often lead to a dispute over the property which can involve reviewing each party’s legal and beneficial interest in the property. We have considerable experience advising clients in relation to property disputes and associated civil proceedings.
Despite the myth that “common law” marriage exists, it does not, and this is not recognised by law. This means that should your relationship breakdown, you could find yourself at a severe disadvantage financially and it is important to seek specialist advice.