Cohabitation 3

It is a common misconception to think that having lived with a partner for a certain period of time that you both acquire the same rights as a married couple.  This is not the case there is no such thing as a common-law husband and wife.  In fact couples who live together do not have the same rights as those who are married.

If a cohabitant wishes to make a financial claim on the breakdown of their relationship we can guide the client through what is a complex area of the law.

Areas Of Expertise

We can advise on the following matters:-

  • Property ownership upon relationship breakdown to include claims under the Trust of Land & Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TLATA).
  • Financial claims between parties under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1991 those issues relating to housing or other capital payments for any child of the family.
  • Child arrangements upon family breakdown.

Cohabitation Agreements


A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal document that sets out the basis on which both parties have agreed to live together amongst other things financial matters and property ownership.  A Cohabitation Agreement can prove invaluable in the event of the relationship subsequently breaking down as it greatly minimises the chances of contested litigation.

How Can We Help You?

We also offer consultations in Welsh and French.

Applying for various court orders can be extremely stressful for any individual, especially for me, regarding my difficult personal circumstances at the time. However, when appointing Sally, ALL the stress and worry were immediately taken away. I was able to relax & have faith in her for the entirety of the court application process. Forever grateful for getting the job done so quickly & efficiently.

– S

Sally Testimonial

I just wanted to say a very special thank you to you. You have been so amazing and helpful the past 18 months getting me through such a hard time. I remember coming to you in January 2020, being an absolute state and you have been nothing but kind to me. 
I wish you all the best and thank you. You’ll never know how your kindness helped. 

Family Testimonial

Just a quick message to thank you and the team for your help and guidance! You were all fantastic!!

S F Testimonial

Hi Michelle,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the work
you’re doing on my case and to send my kind regards.
I feel over the moon with the progress. I’ve got a
different head on my shoulders and feel so confident in
Hopkins Law and yourself.


Michelle Jones Testimonial

I have previously emailed about how amazing Sally was during my divorce which settled in December of last year.
Following a recent issue with my ex husband not abiding by the agreement reached in relation to our daughter’s university accommodation I had to call upon her help again and just wanted to take the time to say how fantastic she has been.
Sally is truly an asset to your firm, professional yet personable and just a wonderful person to deal with when facing testing times.
I have always had the utmost faith and confidence in her and her advice and she has taken so much pressure away from me (and my daughter) over the last 2.5 years.
I cannot thank her enough and in a world where we’re all too quick to point out errors feel it’s important to commend those who go above and beyond, of which she is such a person.
I’m sure you already know this about her but I just wanted to say thank you once again. She’s a star and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone finding themselves in the position I have been in.
I am more than happy for my comments to be shared/used. Thank you Sally, hopefully this will now be the end of it (again), but I wouldn’t hesitate to either recommend her or return should the need ever arise.

S H Testimonial

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