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Common Law Marriage & Unmarried Couples Solicitors

Unmarried couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples when it comes to property, finances and children. It is important to know there is no such thing as a common law marriage in the eyes of UK law.

Our experienced family solicitors help unmarried couples with cohabitation agreements that perform a similar function to prenuptial agreements. Cohabitation agreements clarify the ownership of shared property and other assets.

Our team of family solicitors also provide practical legal advice after a relationship has broken down or after a loved one dies.

Parental Responsibility can also be a major issue for unmarried couples. Parental Responsibility is a legal term that allows parents to make major decisions on behalf of their children such as where they live or consent for medical treatment. Parental Responsibility is only automatically granted to a woman who gives birth to a child, a father who was married to the mother at the time of birth or subsequently and fathers named on the birth certificate of children born after December 2003.

In all other circumstances a father will not automatically have Parental Responsibility. We can help advise fathers and others, such as stepparents and grandparents, of how to obtain Parental Responsibility.

Contact us today in London (West Drayton) on 01895 449288 or in Hertfordshire (St Albans) on 01727 840900 or email us at

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Jointly Owned Property

If you are living with your partner you might think you have similar rights as a married couple.


If you separate, ensure you have a say on issues such as where children will live, contact or medical treatment.

Alternative To Court

Mediation is a quicker, easier, cheaper and more amicable way to settle disputes following a separation.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation in London on 01895 449288 or in St Albans on 01727 840900 or by email.

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