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Unmarried Couples

There is a common belief between many couples that if they live together, or have lived together for a number of years they automatically acquire similar rights as to those of a married couple. The reality is that upon separation many find that they have no legal protection at all.

In the UK there are many couples that are choosing to live together and have done so successfully for many years without marriage.

The issues that unravel themselves if this couple separate can include rights in relation to their home, children, financial entitlements, entitlements to benefits, inheritance tax implications, pensions and next of kin issues.

The reality is that when couples take the step to move in together this is usually the beginning of a relationship when factors such as taking advice and protecting your own interests in the property that you have rented or purchased is not at the forefront of your mind.

You may have made indirect financial contributions to your partner’s property and never taken steps to register your interest in this home. If your partner owns this home where does that leave you?

Whether you are considering moving in with your new partner or separating from your partner, contact us to discuss your options and ensure that you take steps to protect your interests.

We will help with

* Advice on what happens if you split up

* Advice on purchasing property together

* Inheritance tax implications to consider

* Living Together Agreements

* Your Housing Rights

* Contact and Residence issues

* Wills for unmarried couples

-The Resolution - First for Family Law The Resolution Solicitors Regulation Authority

Services

* Call us on: 0113 467 7904

* Out of Hours: 07816 322 520

* 24 Hour Emergency Number

* Appointments until 7:30pm

* Saturday Appointments

* Highly competitive hourly rates

* Offices in central Leeds

* Telephone and Skype interviews

* Free 30 minute consultation

 

Leeds Family Law Specialisms - Click on the links for detailed information

Divorce

In order to start the Divorce either the Husband or Wife must issue the Divorce Petition through the local County Court. The taking of such action signifies that one of the parties has come to the conclusion that the marriage has ended. For detailed information on the Divorce procedure please click the link above.

Children

One of the major concerns in any relationship breakdown is where the children will live and how contact with both parents will take place. Our Resolution accredited Solicitor will endevour to resolve children disputes with a co-operative and constructive approach. Please click the above link for detailed information.

Finances

Alongside the breakdown of a relationship there is often the question of how the famiy home will be occupied, who will be responsible for payments of the mortgage and how this will be maintained whilst final settlements are negotiated. Our Solicitor is recognised as a specialist provider of advice in this area.

Domestic Abuse

Any behaviour that you find threatening or intimidating is unacceptable and you do not have to put up with this. Our Solicitor is an accredited Resolution specialist in the area of Domestic Abuse and has represented both men and women secure protective orders to prevent such behaviour.

Unmarried Couples

Many people believe that if they have lived with each other for a number of years without marriage they have the same protection and legal rights as a married couple. However, these rights are not aquired automatically and on the breakdown of this relationship many are left without any legal protection.

Collaborative Law

The aim of the collaborative law process is to avoid going to court with the emphasis being on trying to work things out by meeting with your partner and their lawyer face to face. As your lawyer is with you throughout the process a settlement can be reached this way. Our Solicitor will be able to offer this service from November 2011.

Asian Aspects to Divorce

Our Solicitor has extensive experience dealing with clients who have married outside of the UK. We have knowledge of marriages that have taken place in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. If you are a UK citizen and you have married in one of the above countries and now want a Divorce then please click the link above for further information.

Civil Partnerships

From December 2004 it has been possible for same sex couples in the UK to register a Civil Partnership. The rights aquired by the couple entering into this arrangement are almost the same as those of a married couple. For further information on your rights in relation to financial and children matters please click the link above.

Mediation now enforced

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Before making an application for a court order in relevant family proceedings, applicants will be expected, unless exempted, to have considered alternative means of resolving their disputes

New Family Law Firm in Leeds

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After much research and planning, Leeds Family Law Ltd has begun the process for gaining recognition by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We hope to start trading in June, 2011.

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