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Protecting your rights

At K J Smith Solicitors, we are experienced in drawing up Cohabitation Agreements to help protect couples that are currently living together, as well as dealing with disputes between unmarried couples who are cohabiting, in the event of a relationship breakdown.

Currently, there is very little legislation in place to protect unmarried couples who live together and have children, if their relationship was to come to an end. This can lead to issues over ownership and entitlement to things like personal assets, property, child care and residency.

Getting a Cohabitation Agreement

A Cohabitation Agreement offers a legal framework for unmarried couples who want to live together and want to protect themselves from unnecessary cost and litigation should their relationship break down.

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The agreement can regulate property rights and what arrangements might be made for issues, such as mutual financial support, dealing with debt and caring for children. Cohabitation Agreements also allow the couple to pre-determine who is entitled to specific assets and what will happen to assets that have been jointly purchased, if they were to separate. A Cohabitation Agreement is intended to be legally binding upon both parties.

For more information, please get in touch with one of our offices local to you.

Resolving cohabitation disputes

Cohabitation disputes are occurring more frequently as more couples decide to live together but not get married. Without any kind of agreement in place, the situation can be complex. At K J Smith Solicitors, our cohabitation lawyers are fully trained to help deal with these disputes. There are a number of legal steps which can be taken should such a situation arise and we aim to offer advice and practical guidance to help resolve them.

If you are caught up in a dispute or simply need some advice, contact us for a no obligation discussion about your options.

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Free, no obligation consultation

We offer a free initial 45 minute consultation to give you the opportunity to meet us and find out more about cohabitation agreements before deciding if you wish to proceed in instructing us to act on your behalf.

Please contact K J Smith Solicitors on 01491 630000 (Henley on Thames Head Office), 0118 418 1000 (Reading), 0118 418 1200 (Reading Central), 01256 584000 (Basingstoke), 01483 370100 (Guildford), 01494 629000 (Beaconsfield), 01344 513000 (Ascot), 01635 785 100 (Newbury), 01962 587900 (Winchester), 023 8200 2111 (Southampton), 01727 295 555 (St Albans) or email info@kjsmith.co.uk.

We also serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, Wokingham, Pangbourne, and High Wycombe.

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All our offices are easily accessible by road, rail or bus and we are open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

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If you would like to visit our team of family solicitors, we have offices in Henley-on-Thames (Head Office) Reading, Reading (Central), Basingstoke, Guildford, Beaconsfield, Ascot, Newbury & Winchester, St Albans, and Southampton. We serve a wide range of other areas including Abingdon, Bracknell, Gerrards Cross, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Slough, High Wycombe and Wokingham.

Why not contact our team of divorce solicitors for a free initial consultation today? We offer a free initial consultation that can take place in any one of our offices or over the telephone.

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