The problem with cohabiting with no marriage or formal agreement is that the law can appear to be very unfair if the relationship breaks up.
Similar problems arise on divorce in relation to children, income and assets but the complications are much greater with cohabitation as the law did not develop to regulate these relationships so as to assist with breakdown.
That does not mean that you are without help from the courts. The law is developing and you therefore need expert advice from family lawyers to advise you of the rights and duties you will have. The history of the relationship will always be important and for the financial side the expectations of the parties when entering into the relationship, what a partner gave up or supplied by way of assets, what changes took place during the relationship as to the differing levels of contribution can all be very relevant. Many more factors may be relevant depending upon your particular arrangements.
To discuss your case and get our expert assistance contact Jennifer Mundy by Email or by telephoning on 01732 360999.