What is cohabitation?

This is not a clear, legal definition, but if you live with someone and are not legally married to them or in a civil partnership with them, you are cohabiting.

I am Cohabiting, how can I protect my rights?

It is advisable to have a written agreement with your partner as to how things will be divided between you if you separate. If you own a property together, you may be advised to draw up a Deed of Trust which sets out your interests in that property and what you will do in the…

Can I claim maintenance from my partner?

Not for yourself – even if you were dependent upon them. If you are the main carer of any children from the relationship, you would normally be entitled to maintenance for the child(ren) whilst the child is aged under 18 and/or in full-time education. If the amount to be paid cannot be agreed, you will…

Now that we have separated, can I be forced to sell my home?

Yes. The court has powers to both force, and stop, the sale of a property. The court’s decision will depend on a number of factors such as: • firstly, whether there are any children to be housed, and if so, the needs and any disability of those children; • what interest you and your each…