There are many myths regarding an unmarried partner’s rights on separation. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘common law’ marriage. Problematically for unmarried couples and families, the law does not provide a set of rights which are as comprehensive as those provided to married couples and divorces.
The only rights which cohabitants have relate to ownership of property (decided with reference to property and trust law) and financial claims on behalf of any children of the family (including maintenance claims).
This added complexity means that it’s important to obtain professional advice as soon as problems arise. Our Family team is here to advise you on how to obtain the best outcome, irrespective of your situation. Each family is unique, requiring bespoke advice across a variety of areas.