Unmarried Couples Rights

Individual solutions for couples living together

If you are living with your partner and/or raising children outside of marriage you may not realise that you do not have the same protection as a married couple if the relationship breaks down. So, this raises the question over what are unmarried couples rights?

Our experienced team are experts in dealing with solutions for couples living together. To protect yourself should the relationship breakdown in the future, we recommend all unmarried couples have a “Living Together Agreement” which will document information about your financial position and who owns what including the title ownership of the property, payment of outgoings and the payment of any building work.

Should your relationship breakdown without a “living together agreement”, our family solicitors are experienced in advising individuals on their property and financial rights, we take a straightforward approach to resolving your dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Get in touch today on 01483 887766 or start a live chat to speak to one of our experienced solicitors about unmarried couples rights.

Who to contact

Sharon Powell

Partner, Head of Family

Partner, Head of Family

Sharon Powell

Sharon has over 20 years experience in all aspects of family law and in particular the financial aspects of high value divorces. Sharon is a trained collaborative lawyer and she is particularly experienced in dealing with couples who have assets abroad.

She is a Resolution member and qualified in mediation and collaborative family law.

“A break up of a relationship is very sad for everyone concerned” says Sharon. “I believe that our role is to try and help both parties reach a solution which they are both happy with. When feelings are running high this can sometimes be difficult but I believe we can make a difference”.

Sharon is often thanked by her clients for her sympathetic and supportive approach through a traumatic time in their lives.

Her most memorable case was in a divorce where financial matters involving significant assets were resolved amicably yet parties persisted to argue about kitchen utensils!

Sharon qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Hart Brown in 2007 becoming a partner a few months later.

    Ellie Newbery

    Consultant, Family Law

    Consultant, Family Law

    Ellie Newbery

    Ellie’s strength lies in her clear, sensible and collaborative approach to gain the best outcomes for her clients and their families.

    Ellie advises clients on the best route to reach agreement on the decisions that need to be made on divorce, matrimonial finance and children. Her main focus area lies in divorce and complex financial remedy cases, for high-net-worth and middle-income clients. She has previously been accredited Resolution Accredited Specialist in this area, as well as in Private Law Children work achieving an award for highest marks in the country in her core paper.

    Ellie acts for parents in private law applications and negotiations across issues including child arrangements, change of school, removal from the jurisdiction and parental responsibility. She assists clients in resolving disputes about where the children will live and who they will spend time with. Ellie also assists unmarried separating couples.

    Ellie qualified as a family solicitor in 2008 after reading history at Durham University and worked in Kent, Surrey and London before joining Hart Brown in 2021. Ellie has been a member of the Surrey Resolution Committee since 2015.

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