“Good advice is essential: the legal position for cohabiting couples is more complex than marriage.”
Many people who live together are not married, but they buy property together and jointly deal with their finances. As with all financial disputes following the breakdown of a relationship, the emphasis should be on reaching an agreement quickly.
If you own a property jointly with your ex-partner, or even if you are not a legal owner but you made contributions to the property whether directly or indirectly, you may have a claim for a share of that property.
If children are involved, you may be able to make financial claims for maintenance and support, through the Child Support Agency and / or the courts.
Couples who cohabit do not have the same rights as those who are married. If you do not intend to marry but intend to purchase property jointly with your partner, it is advisable that you enter into a cohabitation agreement which should:
"They told me what to expect with regards to my legal responsibilities with total frankness and with due delicacy."