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We have an expert team who are experienced in all matters regarding Family Law. Our team appreciate that cohabitation disputes can be distressing for all concerned, and it is because of this that you will receive expert guidance from our Family Solicitors.

Most cohabiting couples believe that they have a ‘common law marriage’ which will be recognised as if they were married when something goes wrong, but this is a myth. In the event that you cannot agree how to proceed between yourselves, then our expert team can represent you to ensure that your best interests are protected.

Initial telephone options appointment

Our expert Family Law team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide an initial telephone options appointment to discuss funding for your circumstances. Please call 0330 333 2613 for a no obligation, initial discussion or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call you back.

What to do if you are experiencing a cohabitation dispute

More and more couples now live together without getting married or forming a civil partnership. However, no matter how long a relationship endures, the law still effectively treats such couples as separate individuals with no rights or liabilities to each other if the relationship ends.

Unlike married couples, co-habiting couples have no basic rights to their partner's property or to maintenance if they split up. This also applies to any debt. We have a have an expert family law team who are able to represent you, ensuring that your best interests are protected.

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legally binding agreement that can be put in place between a couple who are living together, but aren’t married or in a civil partnership.

When living together, how you hold your property and your contribution to its purchase are very important. A cohabitation agreement can formalise these arrangements to ensure long term security for each partner.

What kind of arrangements can be made in a Cohabitation Agreement?

The beneficial thing about cohabitation agreements is that they can provide a broad range of useful guidance for arrangements regarding:

  • Personal property
  • Gifts
  • Credit agreements
  • Ownership or provision of cars
  • Liability for debts
  • Living expenses
  • Provision of life insurance for each other
  • Pensions
  • Intentions in the event of death, serious illness or incapacity.

It is important to note that when entering into any agreement, that you and your partner enter freely and voluntarily. It is recommended that you seek the benefit of independent legal advice and that full disclosure has been made of all relevant financial and other circumstances.

How we can help

At Elliot Mather we understand that no client’s circumstances are alike. Our specialised family lawyers will be able to offer clear and straightforward advice on a variety of family law matters.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. For further information, please contact us.

Our fees

Competitive fixed fees are available both for the drafting or approval of an agreement. Our team are on hand to assist you wherever you are based. Please contact us for further information.


Our solicitors can provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to get in contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us on 0330 333 2613 for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call or email you back.

Our Team

Julie Skill

Julie Skill

LLP Member and Head of Department
Elizabeth Bilton

Elizabeth Bilton

LLP Member
Ben Lawson

Ben Lawson

Solicitor & LLP Member
Nicola Cancellara

Nicola Cancellara

Senior Associate Solicitor

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