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Major Family Law is a leading boutique family law firms in the north east specialising in matters of divorce and splitting up, child and parental disputes, cohabitation and more. Our team all specialise exclusively in family law and provide cost-effective professional guidance and specialist legal knowledge, plus full court representation if required.

People live together as couples without anything formal in place for various reasons, this is called cohabitation. With nothing legal such as a marriage or civil-partnership in place, both partners are free to stay or go as they wish. When the relationship breaks down, there are often arrangements to be made, such as children, living arrangements or property. We offer a free 45-minute consultation either on the phone, over Zoom or in person, to discuss the legal position of your current situation.

Many people who cohabit fail adequately to protect themselves or their assets in the event of a relationship breakdown. The rights of people living together as opposed to the rights of those who are married or in a civil partnership, differs considerably. Lawyers use the word ‘cohabiting’ to explain people living together without marriage or civil-partnership.  We are able to offer advice to cohabitants in matters relating to:

Cohabitation/Living Together

Splitting Up

Property Disputes and Cohabitation

ToLATA Claims

Cohabitants have very different rights concerning property and financial matters and, most importantly, there is no legal requirement for cohabitants to be ‘fair’ when the relationship breaks down. We strongly recommend that you appoint us and ask us to liaise with your partner so as to reach a fair agreement whilst you are both reasonable, rather than try to resolve the dispute when emotions are more negative. We specialise in matters of family law and provide a cost-effective service to give you the peace of mind that you need.

If nothing has been agreed regarding what should happen if there is a breakdown, then we can deal with reaching an agreement or making an application dealing with children or property. Get in touch today for a free 45-minute consultation with one of the leading family solicitors in Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding areas.

Major Family Law is a leading boutique family law firms in the north east specialising in matters of divorce and splitting up, child and parental disputes, cohabitation and more. Our team all specialise exclusively in family law and provide cost-effective professional guidance and specialist legal knowledge, plus full court representation if required.

People live together as couples without anything formal in place for various reasons, this is called cohabitation. With nothing legal such as a marriage or civil-partnership in place, both partners are free to stay or go as they wish. When the relationship breaks down, there are often arrangements to be made, such as children, living arrangements or property. We offer a free 45-minute consultation either on the phone, over Zoom or in person, to discuss the legal position of your current situation.

Many people who cohabit fail adequately to protect themselves or their assets in the event of a relationship breakdown. The rights of people living together as opposed to the rights of those who are married or in a civil partnership, differs considerably. Lawyers use the word ‘cohabiting’ to explain people living together without marriage or civil-partnership.  We are able to offer advice to cohabitants in matters relating to:

Cohabitation/Living Together

Splitting Up

Property Disputes and Cohabitation

ToLATA Claims

Cohabitants have very different rights concerning property and financial matters and, most importantly, there is no legal requirement for cohabitants to be ‘fair’ when the relationship breaks down. We strongly recommend that you appoint us and ask us to liaise with your partner so as to reach a fair agreement whilst you are both reasonable, rather than try to resolve the dispute when emotions are more negative. We specialise in matters of family law and provide a cost-effective service to give you the peace of mind that you need.

If nothing has been agreed regarding what should happen if there is a breakdown, then we can deal with reaching an agreement or making an application dealing with children or property. Get in touch today for a free 45-minute consultation with one of the leading family solicitors in Newcastle Upon Tyne and the surrounding areas.

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Divorce-and-Seperation

Cohabitation/Living Together >

There has been a rising trend in the last decade where more couples are deciding to cohabit rather than marry. There is a common myth about cohabitation and unmarried couples living together

Divorce-and-Seperation

Splitting up >

There is a common myth about cohabitation and unmarried couples living together, where they are seen as common law ‘husband and wife’. However, this myth is not considered by the family courts

Divorce-and-Seperation

Property Disputes and Cohabitation >

The Trust of Lands and Appointment of Trustees Act of 1996 is a piece of legislation that allows cohabiting unmarried couples who are splitting up to resolve any dispute over property that is jointly owned.

Divorce-and-Seperation

TOLATA claims >

TOLATA can also remedy disputes over the ownership of property and whether a jointly owned property should be sold and how the property would be divided between joint owners.

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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"Hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail"

I’ve always been hugely impressed by Joanne Major’s drive, vision, and meticulous attention to detail. I’m not surprised, therefore, that Joanne and her dedicated team of lawyers and support staff have rapidly gained recognition as one of the most forward-looking, innovative, client-focussed family practices in the country.

James Richardson

District Judge

"A wealth of collaborative experience"

Joanne Major has a wealth of collaborative experience. Her delivery is strong and confident with a no nonsense approach that I came to trust. This is invaluable when clarity and action is required. Major Family Law were highly recommended to me and I would have no hesitation to pass that recommendation on.

Christine Nugent

Managing Director, Business Travel

"Both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers"

We are happy to endorse the services provided by Joanne Major and the team at Major Family Law, Ponteland. We have a number of mutual clients who speak very highly of them. They are both knowledgeable and approachable family lawyers who are clearly client focussed.

Andrew Morgan

Partner, Nicholson & Morgan

"Family lawyer of high calibre and drive"

Having worked with Joanne Major at a large commercial firm some years ago, I am aware she is a family lawyer of high calibre and drive. During a short period of time she has put together an excellent team of intelligent, approachable lawyers who deliver first rate family law services to clients. We as a firm are happy to recommend them.

Paul McGowan

Principal Solicitor, Collingwood Legal

"We can trust them to understand what is at stake"

Joanne Major and her team are the “Go To” for any clients or contacts who come to us asking if we know any good family lawyers. We can trust them to understand what is at stake and treat each client as an individual, taking time to listen, explain & advise as we would do when faced with commercial legal issues.

Tim Clarke

Partner, Clarke Mairs LLP

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