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Cohabitation disputes

Cohabiting couples – that is couples who live together, but who are not married or in a civil partnership – have very few legal rights against each other in the event of a break-up unless they have previously entered in to a Cohabitation Agreement together.

If your relationship breaks down irretrievably it can be difficult to manage the fallout, especially if there are shared assets involved, such as property, joint bank accounts or other joint investments.  One person is likely to move out, leaving the other with the full benefit of the property but both may still be burdened by a joint mortgage. 

Our specialist dispute resolution solicitors will work with you (and, where appropriate, in conjunction with our Family team) to understand your personal circumstances and the options available.

Where possible, we try to find an alternative resolution, such as mediation or arbitration, rather than embark on a time-consuming and potentially costly litigation process.

If you have previously entered into a cohabitation agreement, then the courts will usually take this into account when making any settlement or award.

Between our Dispute Resolution and Family teams, we can help with:

  • Disputes about shared assets such as property or investments
  • Disputes regarding access to and custody of children
  • Disputes regarding ongoing liabilities such as mortgage payments
  • Claims of domestic violence, harassment or stalking.


Examples of our work:

Obtaining an injunction restraining a former lover from approaching a young woman and from publishing candid photographs of her in a magazine as he had threatened to do.

Acting for a young man who claimed the cost of significant improvements he had made to the home he had jointly occupied with his former partner, after she had suddenly ended the relationship.    


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Bankruptcy Contested Probate Contract Disputes  Debt Recovery 

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John Wiblin

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution

Lauren MacKenzie

Senior solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution and Mediation

John's knowledge is superb. He also takes the time to explain the legal jargon so it is easy to understand what is happening and the consequences of action
  • Senior Buying Manager, food retailer
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John was engaged by my company on a contract law problem, which went to High Court and we won the day. I found John to be tremendously supportive throughout the process, gave very clear precise advice and organised extremely professional Counsel representation.
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