Cohabitation and Unmarried Families
If you are not married to your partner and your relationship has broken down, you might be trying to resolve issues such as property rights and child care arrangements. At McGee O’Kane Solicitors, we can help you navigate this difficult time, working to reach a positive outcome as efficiently as possible.
Alternatively, if you are currently cohabiting with your partner and you want to protect yourself against future disputes, speak to us about legal agreements for unmarried couples. Contracts such as Cohabitation Agreements can safeguard your position and minimise potential problems.
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Legal services for unmarried couples
We offer a range of legal services for unmarried couples. Whether you are currently involved in a dispute, or you are looking to prevent one, we can help you. Our family law solicitors help unmarried couples with –
- Property disputes
- Child residence disputes
- Child contact disputes
- Child maintenance
- Cohabitation Agreements
Legal disputes following separation
The law for unmarried couples is very different to the law for married couples. In Northern Ireland, married couples are entitled to share of each other’s assets upon divorce. But this does not apply to unmarried couples, even if you live together.
If your relationship does break down, this can result disagreements over each person’s rights and responsibilities. Common disputes amongst separating cohabitees include –
- The division of property in joint names
- The division of property in a sole name
- Splitting debts
- Child contact and residence
- Child maintenance payments
- Parental responsibility
The best way forward depends entirely on the facts of the case. For example, you might feel that you are entitled to a share of your partner’s property, even though it is in his/her sole name. If so, you will need to show that you have a proprietary interest in the property, perhaps because you contributed towards the mortgage.
If you have split from your partner and you are now involved in a dispute, contact us at McGee O’Kane Solicitors. We can listen to the details of the case before advising what options are open to you. We can then negotiate on your behalf to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.
Preventing legal disputes
Because the law does not recognise the rights of unmarried couples, it is best to protect your interests. This can be done with legal agreements such as a Cohabitation Agreement. It is better to put this agreement in place sooner rather than later, before any disputes arise.
A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal contract that sets out what should happen to your assets and debts, in the event your relationship does break down in the future. If you have children, you can also detail child care arrangements. That way, if you do ever split up, you will already have decided who gets what.
Free initial enquiry
If you would like to speak to our family law solicitors, contact us now for a free initial enquiry. This gives you the chance to speak to a legal expert free of charge and obligation. We can also explain whether you are entitled to legal aid.
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