RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN AND SEPARATION
It is important to understand that cohabitees, no matter how long they have been living as husband or wife, are not afforded the same rights upon the breakdown of the relationship as those which arise on divorce. The law does not recognise the commonly held myth of "common law spouses."
As a result, the breakdown of a relationship can be a financial disaster for a dependent cohabitee. There is no maintenance, and no automatic entitlement to make property, capital or pension claims. The children of such a relationship may be left at a financial disadvantage.
There are, however, some remedies. Spectrum Family Law helps many clients in this situation who benefit from the firm's prompt advice and extensive expertise in this area of family law. For example, applications may be made on behalf of the children under the Children Act 1989.
Every situation is unique and Spectrum Family law is here to advice on your personal circumstances.
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