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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER Living together - your rights


 as a couple does not give rise to the same legal rights as marriage. The thought of separation may be a million miles away and very unromantic, but it is the heart and not the head that tends to reign supreme when moving in with a new partner.


Time and time again, however, family lawyers find themselves delivering a devastating blow to their clients’ plans when it becomes clear that what they expected to happen on separation couldn’t be further from the reality.


Separation rights for unmarried couples


If you are not married, the starting point is that, on separation, you do not have equivalent rights to those who are, regardless of how long you have lived together.


There is no ability for an unmarried partner to claim  unsatisfactory the outcome, the Court cannot apply divorce laws to cohabiting couples on separation.


 one person in their sole name will generally remain theirs on separation.


This means that if one of you owns the family home outright and the other is not on the title deeds, they will have an uphill struggle to claim a share from the owner. If your  to be 50/50, even where one person has made a greater


financial contribution, unless you entered into a separate written agreement which stated that, on separation, you were to come away with unequal shares.


Avoid common


pitfalls If you are considering purchasing a property with your partner, or inviting your partner to move in, good initial advice could save a serious headache if you separate later.


If your relationship ends it pays to get early, expert advice from a family lawyer to help sort out the separation.


 partners have no automatic right to inherit if their partner dies.


 contact Chartered Legal Executive Vikki Porthouse at Burnetts on 01900 510 366 or email vpp@burnetts.co.uk


Expert legal advice on your doorstep


        


  


       


01900 510 366 3c Lakeland Business Park, Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth. CA13 0QT e: ts@burnetts.co.uk www.burnetts.co.uk/cockermouth WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


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