The parties to a marriage may wish to resolve financial and property issues, in addition to the divorce. If the parties cannot agree between themselves on what should happen and an application is made to the court by either of them, the court will need to decide these issues.
There is no such concept of “common law” husband or wife. If parties are not married, but have chosen to live together, there is no one single piece of legislation concerning children’s and financial issues, available to a separating partner, upon the breakdown of the relationship.
If cohabiting parties separate matters can become complex in the absence of earlier written agreement. A cohabitation agreement will clarify how assets should be divided or what should happen to the children, if the relationship should break down.
WRJ Solicitors are able to advise clients on any of the above issues and can prepare cohabitation agreements or provide representation in court proceedings if necessary.