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Cohabitation and Separation

This section is dedicated to resources for unmarried couples going through a separation. Many of the emotional and practical issues are the same as for divorce, but the legal process for separation is very different.
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Ordering

A very informative guide written by LittleMrMike

Financial Provision for Co-Habitees (Scotland)

An explanation of what financial provision is made for  couples who live together, but aren't married when they separate

For those people who intend to purchase a property but want to protect their interests in that property or for those in dispute with their ex partner (where there was no marriage). The website link should remain as long as it remains valid and contains links to all relevant case law including Jones v Kernott and Stack v Dowden

If you're not married to your partner (or have not formed a civil partnership) and you die before you make a will, your partner won't automatically inherit anything from you. It doesn’t matter how long you were together. It doesn’t matter how committed you were. Instead, the law dictates that everything will go to your nearest blood relative, regardless of your wishes. In fact, if you don't leave a will, the Crown is more likely to automatically inherit from you than your partner!

Information about what may happen to your house,and your housing rights post-separation

This very informative guide has been written by Little Mr Mike

So, your relationship is in difficulties.  You are concerned that things are heading for a breakdown.    Are there any steps you can take now that could avoid difficulties at a later stage ?

The purpose of this article is to try and outline some practical steps you can take to protect your position. Some of them may need the help of a solicitor, others may not.  In addition this article seeks to highlight things that you will have to do sooner or later and you might as well do them sooner. In addition the article will seek to outline your key legal rights, so you do not compromise your position unnecessarily.

This case has created serious publicity for what courts can do for the unmarried and separated, but is it of any help to you?

On 3rd November 2011, a briefing note of some 15 pages was prepared for MPs and uploaded onto the parliamentary website.  It is a first class summary of all the relevant law as it stands for people who live together.  I recommend it as essential reading for everyone who already lives with a partner and who is not married, and especially for anyone contemplating doing so.

Conditional Orders and Final Orders - Civil partnership Dissolution

I have a conditional order – what must I do next?

Civil Partnership Dissolution

A guide to Civil Partnership Dissolution

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