What happens if you move in with a boyfriend or girlfriend, and then split up? Who has the right to keep living in the house? If one party leaves do they still have to pay the mortgage? Can they get their money out of the house? Can they force the other party to sell? What do they do if the other party won’t budge?


Is it different if the parties are not boyfriend and girlfriend; say if three friends in their 20s get together to buy a house? What if a mother and son jointly buy a house?


We provide advice on all of these issues.


Cohabitation agreements (also known as Living Together Agreements)

Ideally parties sign a “Cohabitation Agreement” before they move in, agreeing exactly what will happen in the “what if” scenarios, avoiding costly and emotionally draining disputes later on. We provide advice on what should be covered in a Cohabitation Agreement, and draft them for clients. And they do work.


Cohabitation disputes

If no Cohabitation Agreement has been signed then we advise clients on their entitlement. We try then to encourage an agreement, for example that one party may achieve their wish to stay in the house, having released the other from the mortgage, and having paid out the other’s financial interest.


Court proceedings are a last resort, but where there really is no other option that is the route we will take. Courts have power to conduct a sale of a property, to evict parties from properties and even to sign the sale agreement on behalf of a party that is refusing to cooperate.


To make a no obligation enquiry click here

Principal contacts


Stuart Hughes

Stuart Hughes


Melanie Pilmer

Melanie Pilmer


Latest from the blog


2016: The Year of the Prenup

The Wedding season is almost upon us and we are told the average wedding now costs £20,500...(read more)


Child Arrangement Orders - All Change?

As from the 22nd April 2014 Residence and Contact Orders in family cases have been consigned to the history books and replaced by the new Child Arrangements Order. So what has changed?...(read more)

Latest from our clients


"Upon meeting Juliet we instantly felt at ease with her warm welcome and in particular her listening skills. Juliet made us feel confident that our case would be handled sensitively."