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WHAT HAPPENS TO JOINT PROPERTY WHEN COHABITATION ENDS?

Our previous blog covered Cohabitation Agreements and the protection that they afford cohabiting couples in the event of separation.  Another area which we felt it was useful to consider is what happens to joint property in the event of a cohabiting couple separating.

If you reside with your partner but are not married, the legal definition of this arrangement is known as ‘cohabitation.’  Cohabiting couples do not have the same protection in law as married couples, in the event of their separation or death.  This can prove to be very difficult for some couples particularly as, in practical terms, their lives operate in the same way as it would if they were married.  Many cohabiting couples own joint property together and have children together, but simply are not married. Read more…