When a non-married couple separate it is different to a divorce. At present there is no specific piece of legislation that deals with cohabiting couples separating. You should be aware that there is no such thing as a Common Law marriage.
It is advisable for all couples considering living together, whether heterosexual or homosexual, to consider entering into a Cohabitation Agreement. This effectively is a contract between you and can deal with issues such as:
Be aware however that if you marry the cohabitation agreement may have limited if any effect.
There are many different things to consider and the process can seem very confusing. If you would like more information on approach then please click on one of the following links:
The practice is delighted to share with you the news that The Legal 500 has noted Hawkins Family Law as a “Leading Firm” for the second year running and as being best known for handling high-value financial remedy cases. Key names include Jo Hawkins (who has “a wealth of experience”’), Annabel Hayward, who provides “sound and pragmatic advice”, and Loraine Davenport. The Legal 500, 2016.
Hawkins Family Law’s “exemplary“ team is ‘very good on pre-nuptial agreements and with high-net-worth clients’. Jo Hawkins has ‘strong experience and a commercial approach’; Loraine Davenport ‘fights her clients’ corner, but knows when it is in a client’s interests to settle’; and Annabel Hayward is ‘a pragmatic lawyer with a cool head’. The Legal 500, 2015.
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Hawkins Family Law are pleased to share with you that they have been quoted in the Chambers Guides UK 2016 as a “well-regarded family law boutique, notably active on ancillary relief and children matters. Ability to provide alternative dispute resolution options with mediation and arbitration experience.”