There is still the myth of the ‘common law’ husband and wife but in reality the rights of unmarried couples are limited. Despite the fact that we are in the 21st Century there has not as yet been a change in the law and many cohabitees can find themselves in a vulnerable position upon separation.
If you are about to cohabit, you should look at entering into a cohabitation agreement to set out what you want to happen during your relationship and upon separation if it should ever happen.
If you are to buy a house together you need to think very carefully as to how the house is to be owned. If there has been an unequal contribution to the deposit, you may wish to ensure your contribution is protected.
If your relationship has broken down I can advise you about any rights you may have.
If you have children then you may be able to make a claim for financial provision under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989.
Please contact me for further information and advice.