A man and a woman sat on a sofa. Cohabitation agreements can be drafted at any point within an unmarried relationship.


Linenhall Chambers has an expert team of family barristers who can advise clients in relation to both the drafting of cohabitation agreements and in relation to cohabitation disputes.

The misperception that “common law marriage” exists often leads cohabitees to think they are protected in the event of a relationship breakdown and this can lead to problems if a relationship breaks down.

Cohabitation agreements can be drafted at any point within an unmarried relationship. Our barristers at Linenhall Chambers can help protect both unmarried partners and provide them with peace of mind in case of a future relationship break down by advising on their rights and drafting agreements to clearly define ownership of property and other assets.

Disputes between unmarried couples can arise where no agreement is in place and our barristers provide advice to cohabitees where claims have arisen over land and property, under the Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1966, and other assets such as investment portfolios. They also advise on the future care of children including child maintenance and income claims under Schedule One of the Children Act 1989.

Our family barristers utilise their extensive experience of financial remedy within both the civil and family courts, as well as a range of alternative dispute resolution, to help clients navigate the complexity of disputes between unmarried couples.

Our barristers understand the complexity and sensitivity of cohabitation, whether agreements are being drafted or disputes resolved, and they work closely with clients to support and guide them through the process, providing practical guidance which has the welfare of the client and their family at heart.

Our family barristers advise clients across England and Wales, in particular in North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the wider North West including Liverpool and Manchester and across the Midlands. The team includes a number of Welsh speakers able to conduct cases in Welsh.

Our specialists in Cohabitation

James Tillyard KC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

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