Unmarried couples

If you choose to live with your partner and decide not to get married, we can help you to protect your assets by drafting a cohabitation agreement or by working together to resolve any disputes that may arise if the relationship breaks down.

Contrary to popular belief, the concept of “common law marriage” does not exist within English law. The fact that you live with someone for years, does not mean you have any legal rights against them on separation. This remains the case unless you understood you would be entitled to share in property, if you jointly own anything together or, if you have a child together. In such circumstances, matters are much less straight forward and legal advice should be obtained from specialist family solicitors at the earliest opportunity.

How our cohabitation solicitors can help you:

Next Steps

Contact our family team for an initial, no obligation, consultation on 01732 747900 or family@warners.law

Meet the team

Toni Gladstone


Charles Tennant


Abigail Eriksson-Lee


Angharad Monk

Legal Executive

Rayma Collins

Partner, Collaborative Lawyer & Team Leader

Alice Scambler


Matthew Aves

Partner & Family Mediator

Rebecca Massam

Associate Solicitor