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Family Solicitors in Leicestershire for a Fair Deal for Cohabiting Couples
At Johnson Astills, our family team supports calls for a change to the law to protect the increasing number of couples who choose to live together before, or instead of, marriage. In the meantime, there is no legal status to support the phrase ‘common law’ husband or wife.
This means that if your relationship breaks down, as cohabitants, you cannot expect fairness from the law, there is no legal provision for maintenance (save for children) or pension sharing and, unless any property is jointly owned with the deeds in both names, it can be extremely difficult to establish ownership to secure a fair share.
At Johnson Astills we are often instructed to prepare cohabitation agreements which will encourage you to think clearly about what you want to happen if your relationship ends. Your Johnson Astills solicitor will be happy to help you drawn up an agreement, covering financial and property matters, to put your relationship on a firmer legal footing should the worse happen. Please however understand that if a Court is to attach weight to these agreements then there are certain conditions that need to be met.
Please contact the Family team at Johnson Astills for further information on 0116 285 4855 (link to family team)