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Unmarried Families Solicitors

Unmarried Family Lawyer in London & Brighton

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    Shoreditch

    5 Cranwood Street
    London
    EC1V 9GR

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    Brighton

    Mocatta House
    Trafalgar Place
    Brighton
    BN1 4DU
    Tel: 01273 007 264
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    Canary Wharf

    37th Floor
    1 Canada Square
    Canary Wharf
    London
    E14 5AA
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    We can help you draft a cohabitation agreement which, in the event of future relationship breakdown, can help to reduce conflict.
    To speak to a Unmarried Families solicitor for expert advice you can trust, please call Goodman Ray Solicitors on 020 7608 1227 or contact us online and we’ll call you.


    Cohabitation is a completely informal relationship which has no specific legal responsibilities unless you own property together. In England and Wales there is no legal relationship known as a “common law husband or wife”. When this has been misunderstood and the relationship breaks down the process of unravelling the financial contributions and property ownership can be very complicated. Our team has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the highly complex and changing legal framework which governs these disputes. We will help you resolve property disputes in a fair and cost effective way.
    It is advisable to consider reaching an agreement with your partner as to how you wish to hold the assets prior to cohabitation. We can help you draft a cohabitation agreement which, in the event of future relationship breakdown, can help to reduce conflict.

    If you are unmarried and have children then your legal rights for financial support on relationship breakdown are very different to that of married parents. If you are the carer of your child you will need a home and regular financial support after separation. You may need payment of school fees and other child related expenses. We have a wealth of experience in this area and can advise and guide you through this process. The court’s first consideration in these cases is the welfare of the children. The court will take the financial circumstances of both parties into account and decide how best your children can be financially supported whilst they are dependant.

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      London (Head Office)


      9 Gough Square
      London
      EC4A 3DG
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      Brighton


      Mocatta House
      Trafalgar Place
      Brighton
      BN1 4DU
      (by appointment only)

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      London Office

      020 7608 1227

      Mon - Fri 09:30 – 17:30

      Brighton Office

      01273 007 264

      Mon - Fri 09:30 – 17:30

      Emergency Phone

      07826 559 418

      Weekends / Out of hours
      • Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: 60514.
      • Goodman Ray Solicitors LLP registered under company number OC382130.
      • Registered address: 9 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DG
      • Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – SRA number 592367.
      • Our registration number with the Information Commissioner is Z5059567.