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Legal services for unmarried couples
Our family law solicitors offer initial legal advice and services for unmarried couples living together in England or Wales.
We offer fixed price legal services, with family solicitor fees starting from £210 per hour including VAT. Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work, that price will not change.
Fixed fee quote agreed upfront
When we understand your situation and your personal needs, we will provide you with a written quote for the agreed work, and that price will not change.
Legal services for unmarried couples and individuals:
- family law
- money matters
- cohabitation agreements
- pre-nuptial agreements
- children law
- child arrangement orders
- parental responsibility
- making a will
Property dispute claims - TOLATA
For unmarried couples who are separating and who own land or property together, the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA) gives courts certain powers to resolve disputes about the ownership of land.
Our family solicitors can help you to resolve a property or land ownership dispute, whether going to court is required or not.
A TOLATA claim can also be issued:
- to force the sale of land or property
- to reoccupy a former family home when an ex-partner refuses to leave
- by parents/grandparents wanting to recover their financial interest in the property
- to determine the share you each own
Financial provision for children of unmarried couples
Unmarried couples with children who separate do not have the same legal remedies as married couples who divorce.
Some couples can reach an informal agreement between themselves in relation to the appropriate level of child maintenance to be paid to the parent with care. If this is not possible then in most cases the Child Maintenance Service (formerly the Child Support Agency or CSA) can carry out an assessment. The Child Maintenance Service do not however have jurisdiction in all circumstances and do not have the ability to make any capital awards for the benefit of children.
In cases where there are substantial assets it may be possible to obtain a capital lump sum and/or apply to the court for the transfer or settlement of property for the benefit of children.
It is also possible to apply to the courts for ‘top up’ child maintenance, school fees or costs associated with bringing up a child with a disability in cases where the absent parent has substantial income.
About Co-op Legal Services
The family law team at Co-op Legal Services includes specialist family solicitors, divorce solicitors and children law solicitors with Resolution accreditation and accredited experts in child abduction, co-habitation, domestic abuse, property disputes, high net worth money matters and financial advocacy.
Resolution is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.
As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.