Because cohabiting couples have no legal status, the end of a relationship can present serious difficulties for one or both parties. Even if your split is amicable, independent legal advice will help ensure it’s a fair one.
If you are not married or in a civil partnership, you won’t have to go through any formal legal process when you and your partner break up. However, separating with a separation agreement can make it easier for both of you to understand what’s been agreed.
Our team of specialist and experienced solicitors can help you to write a separation agreement if you decide to stop living together. This will set out any issues about money, property and arrangements for children if you have them. The sort of things you might find in an agreement will include details on any financial support or maintenance or who your children should live and have contact with.
If agreement cannot be reached between you, we can advise you on all of the options available to you including mediation, collaborative law, solicitor correspondence/negotiation and arbitration. We try to resolve matters without resorting to court proceedings wherever possible, however, if it is necessary to make an application to court then our solicitors can help you navigate the process and ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. We will ensure before we work with you that you are clear about costs and where and when these will be incurred.