Legal Landscape Changes for Unmarried Couples


09 November, 2011

Lancashire law firm Forbes Solicitors is advising couples to consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement following a Court ruling on unmarried couples' property rights

In this case the Supreme Court made a ruling that a man who left his partner almost 20 years ago is not entitled to half the value of the house they bought in joint names and instead entitled to only 10%. It is estimated there are over two million co-habiting couples in the England and Wales.

Family Solicitor Sarah Hinde comments, "This ruling could potentially alter the legal landscape for unmarried couples arguing over property after a separation. It is important that when couples choose to live together and invest in property they make their intentions clear, a Cohabitation Agreement will reflect how a couple wish their assets to be divided in the event of a separation."

Forbes family law team is made up of specialist Solicitors who offer advice on all areas of Family Law, including divorce, division of assets following marriage breakdown, cohabitee issues, ancillary relief, civil partnerships, children matters and change of name deeds. For further information on divorce issues please contact any of our Family Law Solicitors.


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