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.

If you would like advice about cohabitation claims and if you would be entitled to make a claim against your cohabitant then please fill in our online enquiry form today, or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Alternatively you can call us on 01224 370 028.