Cohabitation Solicitors Glasgow

Family Lawyers Glasgow – Cohabitation

Discover How Cohabitation Lawyers Protect Your Rights

In the modern landscape of relationships, cohabitation has become a prevalent choice for many couples who wish to live together without the institution of marriage. However, this decision comes with its own set of legal complexities and potential pitfalls.

Our Family Law Solicitors specialise in providing guidance and assistance to unmarried couples, ensuring that their rights are safeguarded.  The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 allows for certain claims to be made by a cohabitant upon termination of their relationship.  

But how exactly do our Family Law Solicitors protect your rights?

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Understanding Cohabitation Agreements

More often, before embarking on a cohabiting relationship, parties put in place an agreement which specifies what should happen with any jointly owned property in the event of a separation.   This is a contract which establishes the rights and obligations of cohabiting partners.  Similarly, a Cohabitation Agreement can help safeguard a property which is held in the name of one cohabitant.  It is essential for unmarried couples in Scotland to ensure financial arrangements are properly regulated and protected.

It is recommended to seek legal advice when creating a Cohabitation Agreement to ensure that it complies with the relevant laws and covers all necessary aspects. By entering into a well-drafted cohabitation agreement, couples can protect their interests and minimise potential conflicts, either before, during or after cohabitation. 

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Free* 45-minute consultation with a solicitor

First of all, we provide a Free* 45-minute consultation. When you first meet your solicitor, they will run through three key things with you:

Rights and Entitlements of Cohabiting Partners

Cohabiting partners in Scotland have specific rights and entitlements that are crucial to understanding how to protect their interests and ensure legal recognition.

Under Section 28 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006, the claims which can be made upon the end of a cohabitation (where this ends other than by death) are somewhat limited.   The orders which are party can seek from the Court are; 

  1. An order for a capital sum
  2. An order for payment of a sum of money in respect of the economic burden of caring, at the end of the cohabitation, for a child of the relationship. 
  3. Any such interim order as the Court thinks fit.  

A Court, when considering such claims, will consider there has been an economic advantage or disadvantage suffered by the cohabitant.   Upon the breakdown of a cohabiting relationship, it is important to note that any claim must be made to the Court within one year of the end of the relationship.  There is no provision in the legislation to allow for this timeframe to be extended.  

Benefits of Consulting a Family Solicitor

Our specialist Family Solicitors can provide invaluable guidance and expertise when navigating the complexities of divorce and separation laws.  We ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive a fair outcome.

We have in-depth knowledge and experience in dealing with these cases, allowing them to provide tailored advice and support.


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