Cohabitation agreements and disputes

Many couples choose to live together rather than be married.  Increasing numbers of couples wish to set out what should happen to their property, assets or children in the event that their relationship breaks down.

The law relating to property where the parties are not married or have not registered a civil partnership is different to that relating to when they are married or have registered a civil partnership.  However, the law relating to children is generally the same where parents are married or when they are not married.

Whilst these types of agreement are not yet legally binding on Courts, they are generally taken into account, although ultimately this will depend upon the circumstances of each particular case.