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practical advice on all aspects of cohabitation

Common-Law Husband or Wife is not a recognised legal status for a couple living together for a long period of time. The UK Law regards a couple living together as cohabitation. Cohabitation agreements are becoming increasingly popular as more couples choose to live together without formalising their partnership through marriage, as it helps to protect both individual’s income and assets should the relationship result in separation.

There is no separate statutory code governing the breakdown of the relationship of co-habiting couples. Unlike divorcing spouses, cohabitees must turn to complex and sometimes archaic principles of property, trust and contract law. Difficult issues can arise on the death of one of the parties. We advise on all aspects of cohabitation from the drafting of cohabitation agreements to resolving the complex issues which can arise on separation.

As a firm specialising in all matters affecting private clients, we are particularly well placed to advise on property ownership, tax implications and on all financial claims including those brought on behalf of children for capital and maintenance as well as on other child related issues such as parental responsibility, residence, contact and schooling. We give practical and pragmatic advice and aim to achieve fair solutions whilst keeping conflict to the minimum.

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I could not be more satisfied with the service and work that Tasha and the team at Watson Thomas Solicitors have provided me throughout my divorce proceedings. It has not been just a case of being...
Client in Fleet, Hampshire, November 2016
Thank you (and your team) for your help with my ‘matrimonial affairs’. I wish you and your team all the best for the future, it looks very bright to me!.
Customer in Winchfield, Hampshire, September 2014
I would like to thank you for your services which could not have been more helpful and professional. It is very much appreciated.
Client in Fleet, Hampshire, February 2017
You have been very professional in dealing with this matter whilst at the same time making sure that I understood everything in easy lay terms.
Customer in Cambridge, July 2013
I know you deal with these dispute cases day in, day out but I am truly grateful for your help.
Client in Aldershot, Hampshire December 2018