Legal protection for cohabiting couples

It’s a popular myth that the law applies to common law husbands or wives or couples living together just as it does to married couples.

However, according to cohabitation law no matter how long a couple has been living together, they will never acquire the same rights as a married couple or civil partners. The problem for couples living together is that many of them only find this out when their relationship has broken down or their partner has passed away.

Unmarried couples and cohabitation law – How can I protect myself?

If you decide to live with your partner but choose not to get married or enter into a civil partnership, you should protect your interests to reduce the legal and financial problems which may crop up if you decide to separate or if one of you dies.

At Nelsons, we are able to advise on the following documents which should provide you with greater protection:

  • Making a Living Together Agreement (also known as a Cohabitation Agreement) to govern the day-to-day financial elements of your relationship.
  • Making a Lasting Power of Attorney to ensure that that your partner is able to make decisions about your finances and/or personal welfare if you are unable to do so.
  • Making a Will to ensure that your partner is provided for in the event of your death. If you fail to provide for your partner in your Will then he or she may not receive anything.

If you have children, you need to consider that the law provides that a mother automatically has parental responsibility for any children, and a father may have to obtain a parental responsibility order from the Court.

How Nelsons can help with cohabitation agreements

We offer a range of options to couples looking to create a Living Together/Cohabitation Agreement. If you would like the reassurance of a face to face discussion, our team of specialist solicitors are happy to meet with you.

If you would like to meet with one of our experienced family solicitors to discuss a Living Together/Cohabitation or Parental Responsibility Agreement, we offer fixed fee appointment options depending on the level of advice you require.

For each option, one of our legal experts will meet you and give you a full assessment of your situation and explain what your legal rights and options are, as well as the cost for preparing any agreements. This is charged at:

  • £250 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Partners or Legal Directors
  • £200 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Senior Associates, Associates or Legal Executives
  • £150 + VAT – if you are meeting with one of our Paralegals or Trainee Solicitors

Our expertise

Cohabitation Agreement

At Nelsons, we have one of the largest teams of specialist family solicitors across the East Midlands with experts in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, who can advise on cohabitation law.

Our expertise in family law is recognised by the independent directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. The team also includes:

  • Resolution Accredited Specialists
  • Law Society Family Panel & Advanced Family Panel members
  • Law Society Children Panel Members

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Additionally, in September, our team was shortlisted for the ‘Family Law Firm of the Year: Midlands and Wales’ award at the Family Law Awards 2021. The awards ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday 24th November 2021 at the Bloomsbury Big Top, London.

Please contact us on 0800 024 1976 or via our online form to discuss how our expert solicitors can help you with a Living Together/Cohabitation Agreement, Will or Lasting Power of Attorney.

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