Cohabitation (Living together)

  1. If you have been living together with another person as a couple, you may be entitled to make certain financial claims if your relationship comes to an end
  • These rights are not the same as those for married couples
  • A strict test must be met, and is dependent upon particular circumstances, looking to any economic advantage or disadvantage suffered by either of the parties in the interests of the relationship, or any child, and to what extent.
  • Any claim must be made no later than one year after the cohabitation comes to an end.
  • The Court may order payment of a capital sum or a periodical payment in respect of care for any children.
  1. The law sets out certain rules regarding ownership of household goods, money and property
  • The law presumes that each party to a couple has a right to an equal share in household goods purchased (not gifted or inherited) during the period they lived together. There are certain exclusions to this, including cars and animals.
  1. If your partner has died during your relationship (and while you are still living together), you may be entitled to make certain claims on their estate
  • You can only make a claim if they died intestate (without a will)
  • Any claim against that estate must be made within 6 months from the date of death.
  • Monies you have already received, for example from a death in service benefit, may be taken into consideration when assessing your claim.

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