How does the law deal with my assets upon separation if i’m not married?
Here at Reeds we understand that the law for the separation of assets and income for unmarried couples in England and Wales is much misunderstood. There is a widely held view that the longer the relationship lasts the greater the entitlement to assets and income of the other person in the relationship and that couples can become ‘common law’ spouses and so benefit from the standard divorce claims on separation . Neither of these are true.
Generally, the settlements are beneficial to the property owning party, and there is no provision for the equivalent of spousal maintenance.