Sorting out the aftermath

Alec Samuels examines the law on the break-up of cohabitation and civil partnership

04 Jun 2020

Consider this scenario. The parties cohabited and the relationship may have been purely domestic (as is most common). They have also done well and acquired investments, such as a valuable vehicle, a boat, shares, or buy-to-let properties or art.

They may even have been particularly concerned with acquiring investments. The matrimonial home – or cohabitation home – was acquired in their joint names.

Common intention

But the relationship has now broken down and the issue concerns ownership and distribution of property and money. The judge must look for the common intention of the parties. They may have had a common intention. But they may not. 

They were young and in love and everyt...

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