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Family money

Financial disputes and separation

Unless you marry or enter into a civil partnership, even if you have been living together for many years, you have limited rights to financial support from your partner if you separate.  There is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’ and so you may find yourself in a vulnerable situation financially if you separate from your partner, particularly if you have children and have no equity in your home.

Our solicitors can advise you on your particular circumstances, but there may be some options available to you, such as:

Child maintenance – If you have children together and the children reside mostly with you, your partner may be liable to pay some child maintenance to you.  The Child Maintenance Service (CMS) will usually deal with any dispute over child maintenance. If one of you lives abroad or earns over a certain amount, the family court may be able to order maintenance.

Property – If you jointly own a property and cannot agree whether it should be sold or how to divide the proceeds, you can ask a court to decide what proportion of the property belongs to you and to make an order for the property to be sold and the proceeds distributed. If you have only contributed to living expenses, then this area of the law is complicated and requires detailed consideration of whether any form of agreement or understanding between you and your partner has created a trust.

A home for your children – If you need accommodation for your children after you separate, you may be able to apply on their behalf for a property to be transferred to you, or for a lump sum to purchase a property for you to use as a home for the children until they are grown up.

We can advise you

Based in the City of London our family solicitors are on hand for a convenient appointment between meetings or before your commute home. We will explain your options in straightforward language so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you and your children.

We are used to working with busy executives and international families and regularly have meetings via Skype or video call with clients in other time zones.

Funding for legal advice or representation

Once we understand your circumstances, we will advise you on the options that may be available to you.

Contact our matrimonial team

To organise an initial consultation, in complete confidence, please contact a member of our specialist family team who will be able to help.

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