Relationship Breakdown for Cohabiting Couples – Disputes
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A sensitive approach to your cohabitation agreement
Get similar legal status to a married couple without tying the knot. Optimal Solicitors look closely at what each of you can agree upon for cohabitation, using compassion and experience to find the best way forward.
A fast, thorough service for cohabiting couples
The mark of a serious relationship can often involve asking difficult questions about the future – including how you’ll support each other now and in the event of a break-up. Like a prenuptial agreement, a cohabitation agreement is a commitment to divide assets, funds, and financial responsibilities as you live together.
To get it right, you need the perfect combination of practicality and sensitivity. Using our years of experience and incredibly personal approach, our legal team can draw up a declaration of trust for bank accounts, asset ownership, bills, and mortgage payments. We really get to know you as we do so, because we believe that every detail matters.
We also work quickly so that you can get back to focusing on the present. Once you’re both happy with the terms, you can enjoy your partnership and shared living arrangements to the fullest.
Make the first move to a solid commitment
From the beginning, we’ll sit down with you and your partner’s legal team to determine what a suitable arrangement would look like. We’ll also stay in contact if you need us, updating the terms with your changing circumstances. Optimal are always here to help.
Specialists in a living together agreement
If you’re married, it’s far easier to separate and take your share of assets, interests, and even future income. Yet unmarried partners don’t have the same options. We’re here to clarify and split your entitlements, deeds, and financial contributions, so that there’s less chance of a disagreement if the relationship breaks down.
Since more UK couples are seeking to live and raise children together without getting married, Optimal have been working with an increasing number of people like you. Cohabitation agreements are a core part of our work within family law. As such, we can bring other expertise into play, such as aspects of divorce, child maintenance, and financial settlement cases. All of this informs and supports the decisions you’ll reach together.
As a cohabitation agreement isn’t necessarily legally binding until it has been signed as an official deed, it’s important to get it right. When we assess your agreement, we’ll look at:
- Which of you has the right to a shared property, and whether the other can claim a portion of the sale for themselves if both names aren’t on the mortgage.
- Who pays for a proportion of the bills, even after one of you leaves the home.
- What happens to a joint bank account or pension access if you separate.
- Arrangements for children, such as where they may live and who pays a certain amount of child support.
- The amount of money and assets that may go to next of kin should one of you die, as well as a death in service benefit from employers.
We’ve helped thousands of people, just like you, get the best outcome
Why Optimal Solicitors
Relationships are never predictable. So it pays to be prepared for any and all eventualities, and to use a legal team that fully grasps the complexity and compromises between you.
We take pride in giving close, accessible support that never leaves you in doubt around the process, the decisions, and the evidence we require. The more situations you’re able to consider early on, the easier we can prepare a cohabitation agreement that holds up under scrutiny.
Ready to put the protections in place, and have your relationship recognised in the eyes of the law? Optimal Solicitors are waiting for your call. You’ll receive a dedicated specialist for your case, available whenever you need them.