Financial arrangements for unmarried couples
Unlike married couples, cohabiting/unmarried couples do not acquire any legal rights regardless of how long they have been living together, or how many children they have together.
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That is not to say all is lost. There are some laws that can assist a cohabiting couple that have separated, but it is complex and can be difficult to navigate alone.
Our experienced team of family lawyers can help you navigate your way through this minefield and advise you how the law can help.
If you have purchased property together, or have children together you could have a claim under:
- the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA), or
- a financial claim on behalf of children for housing and maintenance
We can also help you to arrange a cohabitation agreement, which can regulate your financial arrangements.
Contact us and speak to an experienced member of our Family Law team on 033 33 582 582.