Separation when a couple have lived together for a number of years can be complicated, as well as distressing. The flexibility of the mediation framework can really help to find mutual agreement about the way forward.
When people choose to cohabit the legal implications of what happens if they split up is rarely at the forefront of their minds. Co-habitation without the legal structure of either marriage or civil partnership can lead to some pretty complicated situations. Whilst there is no such thing as a common law wife, there are various laws and precedents that can have an impact on what happens if cohabitees separate. Factors can include:-
children of the relationship,
contributions made towards a mortgage,
an understanding that properties to be shared,
promises made about property,
or if property is jointly owned – exactly how is it owned
These can all make the process of separating and dividing the finances more difficult. Target Mediation not only offers a mediation service to help resolve these matters, we also offer a service to help people draw up living together agreements, which are sort of pre-nup agreements.
The service can also provide mediation about separation and sharing of assets and debts if the relationship fails. Claims in court between cohabitating couples can be lengthy, complex and tortuous. Striving to find meaning or agreement in letters, cards, gifts and more formal legal documents can be a pretty expensive process.
By choosing to use mediation as a method of resolving such issues the costs are likely to be significantly lower. It can be done much more quickly, and agreements based on discussions, taking into account individual views and reasoning.
Please ‘phone me on 0333 772 9763 or use the Contact Form. The first call is free, no obligation and no pressure. Find out what your options really are.
'The first time I spoke to John I put the phone down thinking I’d just spoken to a friend, not a solicitor that I had never met. Throughout, John communicated to me on my level and was always clear, easy to understand and prepared to explain his reasoning.'MW