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? What If one party leaves, do they still have to pay the mortgage? Can they get their money out of the house? Or can they force the other party to sell? What do they do if the other party refuse to co-operate? These are just a few questions that we get asked on a regular basis.
These issues not only arise with co-habiting couples but can also affect friends or family members who buy a property together. Our specialist lawyers can 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 and avoiding the risk of costly and emotionally draining disputes later on. Our team provide advice on what should be covered in a Cohabitation Agreement, and draft them for clients.
If a Cohabitation Agreement has not been entered into then our team can advise clients on their entitlement and try to encourage an agreement.
Our team view court proceedings to be a last resort, but where there really is no other option then they will always give you practical and honest advice to protect your interests robustly.