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:
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