Unmarried Couples & Cohabiting Agreements

Tilly Bailey & Irvine's experienced divorce solicitors in the North East can be found in Hartlepool, Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees and Barnard Castle.

Nowadays, couples are just as likely to live together and have children as they are to get married. 

Statistics show that cohabiting couples are also far more likely to separate than those who are married.

There may be no dispute involved in the separation, but some clients wish to draw up a cohabitation agreement to clarify the ownership of shared assets.  Whether there is or is not an agreement, you should seek practical advice and legal assistance after a relationship has broken down in order to clarify entitlement.


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Four out of five people believe that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples, however, this is not true. The law is in a constant state of change as courts wrestle with adapting the law to modern society. Couples keen to avoid this legal minefield, which often only becomes apparent after the relationship breaks down, should consider a cohabitation agreement.

A cohabitation agreement gives cohabiting couples - or couples considering living together - the opportunity to clarify how they intend to own property and also provides for the ways in which they would deal with their financial affairs if they were to separate.

Our team can provide pragmatic and practical advice in this complex area of family law.

Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances on 0333 444 4422 or fill in our online enquiry form to speak to our family law solicitors and legal experts.