Cohabitation (Living together)
- A couple who have been living together may be entitled to make certain financial claims against each other when their relationship comes to an end. These could include a claim for a capital sum or instalment payments. The law also sets out certain rules regarding ownership of household goods, money and property. Often a house may have to be sold or transferred from one cohabitant to the other. There are strict rules about the time to make a claim. A claim for financial provision (if no agreement is reached must be made (in Court) no later than 1 year after the cohabitation ends.
- If your cohabitant has died during your cohabitation then you may be entitled to make certain claims on their estate. Any claim against a cohabitant’s estate must be made within 6 months from the date of death.
If you think you may have a claim in either of these situations, it is important to consult a solicitor as soon as possible and well within the time limits.