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Unfortunately there is no such thing in English law as common law marriage. Couples, who chose to live together, do not have the same rights as a married couple or a couple in a civil partnership, in relation to property or inheritance.

If you live in a property which is in your partner's sole name you do not have an automatic right to a share. You would have to show contributions or agreements between you to establish a share in the property. This is not always easy to prove and will depend on the documentary evidence that you have. Alternatively, if the property is in joint names the presumption is that you own the property equally unless there is evidence to show otherwise.

Our solicitors at SC Law can help you in setting out arrangements including protection of your assets in a written cohabitation agreement during your relationship. Such agreements can cover:


In December 2003 a change in the law gave father's automatic parental responsibility for his child if he was registered as father on the birth certificate.

Parental responsibility is a collection of rights, duties, powers, responsibility and authority which by law a parent has in relation to the child and his property.

If you have disagreements in relation to your children our specialist lawyers at SC Law are here to assist you. 

Maintenance for you and your children

Unlike married couples, maintenance cannot be claimed by either party.

The financial obligations towards children do not end when your relationship breaks down. Child maintenance can be claimed for children via the Child Support Agency.

The Court can also make financial orders for the benefit the children. The types of orders which the court can make include:

  • Periodical payments
  • Lump sum orders
  • Orders in relation to property

Whether you wish to protect your assets or are in dispute over finances or your children, contact Vina Lad, the head of SC Law's family department by filling out the contact form for more information or an initial consultation. 


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