There is no doubt that ending a relationship is an incredibly difficult decision to make, particularly where you have been together for a considerable amount of time, share possessions and assets together or you have children together.
It isn't uncommon for disputes to occur in relation to finances and/or arrangements for children. Unfortunately, these types of disagreements can create a divide between ex-partners and occasionally, matters can escalate further causing significant stress and upset.
Our cohabitation disputes solicitors are well aware of the complications involved in separation and have assisted many clients over the years, from those more straightforward to those we’d consider far more complex. No matter what your personal circumstances are, we can provide the helping hand you need to reach your desired goal – with an absolute objective of maintaining relationships as best as possible.
Our friendly and efficient cohabitation disputes solicitors can assist with matters concerning:
- Property disputes
- Financial arrangement and division of assets disputes
- Child arrangements disputes
- Parental responsibility disputes
- Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
- Representing a cohabitation dispute in court
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Why choose Huggins Lewis Foskett for your cohabitation disputes?
Our cohabitation disputes solicitors handle a variety of cases and recognise that no cohabitation dispute is the same. For this reason, our solicitors will always tailor our advice to each unique situation, including your personal circumstances and needs.
We understand the emotional impact of family law matters, and that’s why each case we take on is always approached with the utmost sensitivity with your every need being our main concern. Our cohabitation disputes lawyers have years of combined experience helping clients navigate some of life’s most demanding situations.
At Huggins Lewis Foskett, our foremost priority is to provide reassurance and aim to achieve the best possible solutions for each one of our clients.
Whilst we have extensive experience assisting clients in court proceedings, we always aim for a non-confrontational approach through the means of alternative dispute resolution, such as private negotiation and mediation.
Fees are often a concern for many, and for this reason, we work on a fixed-fee basis wherever possible. This means you will be entirely aware of our costs before agreeing to work with us.
Our Cohabitation Disputes service
When deciding to separate, the current living arrangements of cohabitee couples can be a cause for conflict, particularly where you own the property together and have to make a joint decision on how you are going to handle it post separation.
There are many different options for how you can divide a jointly owned property, including selling the property and both receiving half, buying the other person out or many other choices. You and your ex-partner may have different opinions, especially where one party believe they made higher capital contributions and where this happens, it can cause plenty of problems.
Our cohabitee solicitors can assist with property dispute matters, including:
- Claiming for interest in property owned by your ex-partner
- Disputes over jointly owned property
- Disputes over property contributions
- Applying to court under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA)
Financial arrangement and division of assets disputes
When couples live together, even where they are not married, it isn’t uncommon that finances are shared between one another, usually through a joint bank account and particularly where there are children and shared bills, including mortgage, rent, food, etc.
Unlike married or civil partnership couples, unmarried cohabiting couples do not have any legal rights. This means when separating, neither party is entitled to each other’s assets.
Our cohabitation disputes solicitors are experts at assisting separating unmarried couples. We always aim to try and resolve matters without the need for pretentious court proceedings where possible, and we do this through the means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as private negotiation and mediation.
Our cohabitee lawyers can assist with matters including:
- Applying for cohabitation agreements
- Agreeing on child maintenance
- Applying to court under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
Child arrangements disputes
Where you and your ex-partner share children together, matters can become complicated and, more often than not, emotional, particularly where each party doesn’t want to lose a close relationship with their children. If your relationship with your ex-partner is hostile and you disagree with aspects concerning your children, matters can get out of hand.
Where you need assistance with a child arrangement dispute, our solicitors can assist with matters including:
- Child arrangements for where children will live and who with
- Child arrangements for spending time with children
- Specific Issue Orders
- Prohibited Steps Orders
Parental responsibility disputes
Parental responsibility can cause considerable issues between separating parents. Even where you are legally considered the parent of a child, if you do not have parental responsibility, it means you have no control over decisions made in concern of your child.
If you do not have parental responsibility and are looking to obtain it, our solicitors can provide practical advice and guidance needed to help your circumstances. There are, unfortunately, such situations where your ex-partner does not want you to acquire it. Where this might apply, we will provide you with practical advice and assist you with an application to court.
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
We always attempt to resolve cohabitation disputes through the means of alternative dispute resolution where it is appropriate, which removes the need for contentious court proceedings.
Our cohabitee disputes solicitors have resolved many situations using methods such as private negotiation and mediation. We will provide advice and guidance to achieve a suitable result which you are satisfied with.
Representing a cohabitation dispute in court
If you are involved in a cohabitation dispute, our cohabitee disputes solicitors first port of call is to attempt to resolve the matters without the need of court proceedings, which can be costly, time consuming and stressful. We will attempt to use methods of ADR, but unfortunately, a solution doesn’t always occur using ADR.
Where court litigation is necessary to find a reasonable resolution for your circumstance, our solicitors have a strong track record for success. We will carefully draft a supporting argument and, in court, represent the matter on your behalf. You can be reassured that we will determinedly stand your ground in an attempt to achieve the best result.
Our cohabitation disputes fees
Fixed fee cohabitation disputes
Occasionally cohabitee disputes will have simpler circumstances meaning we are able to offer fixed fees. The price you’ll be expected to pay will be confirmed in advance of the work, giving you complete certainty over the cost to use our services.
Hourly rates for cohabitation disputes legal advice
Where matters are more complex and may require a cohabitation disputes solicitor with a higher level of expertise, we will typically charge based on our hourly rates.
To have a better understanding of our service costs, please see our hourly rates.
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Speak to our cohabitation disputes solicitors in South Woodford, London
Do you need clear, sensible guidance on a cohabitation dispute with your ex-partner, or another type of cohabitee matter?