Clear guidance on cohabitation.

If your relationship breaks down and you’re not married, we’ll help you clearly understand all your rights and options.

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What rights do cohabiting couples have?

We’ll help you protect your interests.

Living together can mean just as much as being married, but it is treated differently under the law. We’ll advise you on your options; including child support, living arrangements, mediation and applications for a lump sum or housing. For couples moving in together, we can draft a Cohabitation Agreement to protect the interests of each partner.

Employment Law

Your questions answered, your voice heard.

There’s no such thing as ‘common law marriage’ and you’ve no automatic right to your partner’s assets – but we can help you reach the fairest possible resolution. Equally, if you’re living with someone, we can prepare a will or lasting power of attorney to protect their rights if anything happens to you. Every couple’s situation is different, but you can always rely on us to offer expert, relevant advise and complete understanding.

 

 

We’ll advise you on:

Separation agreements

Child support payments

International family law

Who a child lives with and how much time is spent with each parent

Protecting children at risk from a parent

Disputes about relocating children in the UK or abroad

Allegations of domestic abuse

CAFCASS and Local Authority reports on child safeguarding

Parental responsibility

Changing a child's name by deed poll

Changing your name on your passport or DVLA driving licence

Cohabitation Agreements

If you are in the happy situation of planning to move in with your partner, we can help you to get your affairs in order so that you can feel secure in what will happen in the event that something changes in your relationship.

We can draft a Cohabitation Agreement to set out what will happen to jointly owned or jointly occupied property. It can be especially important where one partner’s family have made a large contribution towards a deposit which they want to protect for their own family member.

You should be aware that cohabiting couples have no right to a share of their partner’s assets on separation no matter how long they have lived together and there are very limited rights if they have children. This can leave people in a vulnerable position. If you live with your partner it is especially important to consider making a will or a lasting power of attorney for their protection.

Resources

Cohabitation Breakdown
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What is a Cohabitation Agreement?
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Working With Our Service Team

Our dedicated and trusted legal advisers adopt a sensitive and supportive approach, with an emphasis on guiding you step by step through the process. You can rest assured we’ll provide you with realistic and cost effective legal advice, with many of our lawyers being members of Resolution, they are personally committed to a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law issues.

- Anne Thomson

If you have an enquiry in relation to a Family law matter or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Anne Thomson

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Bethan Buckley

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Chloe Turner

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Claire Darley

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Elizabeth Harris-Clark

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Emma Smith

Senior Solicitor

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Helen Hanson

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Kate Rowley

Solicitor

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Kirsty Craven

Paralegal

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Lindsey Walker

Paralegal Support

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Louise Bond

Paralegal

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Lydia Hunt

Senior Paralegal

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Philip Cowell

Partner

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Rajpreet Sangha

Solicitor

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Sarah Millington

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Sophie Machin

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What Our Clients Say
 

The team at FBC Manby Bowdler were genuinely outstanding throughout and did everything they could to achieve the best possible outcome for me while avoiding unnecessary costs & delays. I was referred to them by a family member who had a great experience and would absolutely recommend them based on my own experience!

Emma Smith

From Mr B

 

A very professional service provided by Sarah and the team who worked flat out to meet the commitments required by the case and pick up the case post the removal of the a previous legal firm, FBCMB highlighted the challenges in my case and best outcomes and provided a cost estimate that eventually matched the outcome. The service and costs of, provided to me for my case was excellent and I can thoroughly recommend this company to anyone seeing legal advice. Well done!

Sarah Millington

From Mr J

 

Extremely happy with the whole procedure conducted from start to finish by Mr Philip Cowell. Your empathy and professionalism was exemplary at a time in my life when I was at my lowest! Sincere thanks for all your hard work and support. I highly recommend Mr Phil Cowell.

Phil Cowell

From Mr H

 

Anne Thomson is a woman of integrity and vast experience. As a U.S. Citizen married to a British citizen, my divorce was complex and difficult. With assets in multiple countries, legal actions in two countries in both civil and criminal courts, and a spouse who was devious and difficult, Anne kept the case moving forward and assisted me both with professional knowledge, clear explanations of the English legal system, and much needed emotional support.

 Anne worked tirelessly, and she and her staff showed outstanding professionalism and competence. She is a straight-talker who is capable, diligent and meticulous. I am grateful that I found the perfect solicitor, and I highly recommend her for anyone looking for the best legal counsel available.

Anne Thomson

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