Cohabitation - the legal implications
At our Cardiff Law Firm we regularly offer guidance to unmarried couples who want to understand their legal position when living together. Some of them we speak to before they move in together but others, sadly, only come to us when their relationship has broken down and they are often shocked to discover the facts about cohabitation.
There is no such thing as common law marriage
Many people think there is some legal protection for couples who have lived together for a reasonable period of time. Sadly, this is a myth. If only one partner owns the home, the other has no legal rights over that property if that relationship ends. This is not to say that there are no rights over the property, but it can be a complex situation and specific legal advice will need to be obtained. At Robertsons Solicitors, we have experts in the laws surrounding cohabitation.