cohabitation

Guide to Good Practice in cohabitation cases

Non-married cohabiting relationships look set to continue to increase year on year, so advising clients embarking on cohabitation, those already living together wanting to understand their ‘rights’ and those whose cohabiting relationship has broken down, will form an increasing part of the workload of family lawyers. This guide aims to assist Resolution members and their conveyancing lawyer colleagues to manage these cases effectively, in accordance with our Code of Practice.

Planning to live together

Moving in with your partner is an exciting time, and a new step in your relationship, so it's difficult to think about what would happen if you split up.

Your rights when living together

If you and your partner aren't married or in a civil partnership, you might be surprised that you have very little legal protection if you break up. It doesn’t matter if you've lived together for years or have children. You are not legally recognised as a couple, making it very difficult to claim a share in the family home or your partner’s finances if you split.

Cohabitation

Cohabiting couples may make up the fastest growing family type, but the law doesn't recognise these couples in the same way as those who are married or in a civil partnership.

Cohabitation Awareness Week 2017

From 27 November to 1 December 2017, Resolution members across the country took part in our Cohabitation Awareness Raising Week. The aim of the week was to raise awareness of the common-law marriage myth and to campaign for legal change to provide at least basic support for separating cohabitants.