More cohabiters seek legal advice after break-up

Lawyers are seeing an increase in the number of cohabiters seeking advice following a relationship breakdown.

According to the Law Gazette, legal experts are now calling for the laws that apply to cohabitation to be updated.

Vanessa Lloyd Platt, founder of law firm Lloyd Platt & Co, said cohabitation cases have risen by 15 per cent over the last three months.

She acknowledged that the falling marriage rate in the UK may be partly responsible for the increase.

However, she also suggested that the recession may have had an impact.

"Struggling relationships are ending sooner than they otherwise might, due to the economic climate, particularly where one partner owns the home in which they live," she explained.

Unmarried couples living together can avoid legal tussles by drawing up a cohabitation agreement.

The document allows cohabiters to determine in advance what will happen to any jointly-held assets and who will be responsible for paying various bills should they separate.

Posted by Gemma Roskell

Published on: August 10, 2010

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