Sorting out your finances if you are not married. We can help you, particularly where:
• There is property involved; and/or
• You have children together.
Sorting out your finances if you are not married can be difficult. ‘Common law marriage’ is not legally recognised in England. If you are not legally married you will not be able to rely on the same legal protections available to married couples, but there are still claims that can be made.
You may have a potential claim under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act. Under this act you may be able to claim an interest in property owned by your ex-partner, and similarly they may be entitled to make a claim against your property.
You may be concerned that a child maintenance claim will not adequately provide for your children’s needs, particularly if you are the parent with whom the children live and cannot afford a property for the children to live in. If so, contact us to discuss whether you may have claim under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Frequently asked questions
Through solicitors and/or mediation it may be possible to agree what should happen with the family home without the need to apply to court. If your ex-partner is not willing to negotiate, perhaps because they are living in the family home rent-free with no incentive to leave, then we can help you apply to court to force a sale of the property.
These claims are complex and a detailed history of you and your ex-partner’s dealings with the property will need to be taken to advise you properly. It is important that you do seek legal advice because it is likely that you have a claim and any delay in pursuing a claim my harm your case.
Contacting a solicitor does not need to be daunting. For a free-consultation with a solicitor to find out how we can help, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back.