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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, where they are seen as common law ‘husband and wife’. This is not the case and is quite a dangerous position to be in. With nothing legal such as a marriage or civil-partnership in place, both people are free to stay or go as they think fit. Should you decide to separate from your partner, your property and positions will be in a tricky situation.

Many people who cohabit fail to adequately protect themselves or their assets in the event of a relationship breakdown.  Despite the common belief that if you live together in a long term relationship you have the same rights as those who are married or in civil partnership. The word lawyers use for people living together without marriage or civil-partnership is ‘cohabiting’.   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.

Living together and having joint ownership of property and shared income can make a separation very complex. We advise clients to arrange a cohabitation agreement as early as possible to set out your position should your relationship unfortunately come to an end. A cohabitation agreement will clearly lay out the ownership of belongings such as a pension or property.

We are also able to provide advice and representation should child arrangement and child contact need to be put in place. Please see our Child and Parenting Disputes content to see how we can help you in your situation.

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If your relationship breaks down, there are often arrangements that need to be made and children to consider. We offer a free 45-minute consultation with the leading family solicitors in the north east, either on the phone, over Zoom or in person, to discuss your rights, belongings, property and children.

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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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