As marriage rates decrease, there is a growing trend of parties choosing to co-habit. There is a presumption that the concept of common law husband and wife exists - it does not and many parties, especially when separating, find that they have little or no legal protection. It is therefore important to consider all issues relating to co-habitation from the beginning of a relationship or if that relationship is ending.
There are also other areas which need to be considered for children including that of child maintenance and child support. For example, applications made need to be made Children Act 1989, section 15 and Schedule 1 applications.
For further information please contact Paul Wild on 0118 958 9711.