The police and the courts do provide protection for those who have suffered abuse. This abuse includes bullying and harassment; physical force is not required before the police or courts will act.
The landmark case Radmacher v Granatino in 2010 saw the courts place more importance on the mutual agreement of parties to regulate their own financial affairs, during and following a breakdown of their marriage.
There is presently no specific law regulating the legal relationship of co-habiting couples; the term ‘common law spouse’ is not a legally recognised term and upon breakdown of their relationship, all too often, parties are left with land and trust law to resolve property issues; usually this is all too little, a little too late.
You need to be in a civil partnership for at least one year before you can apply to court for a dissolution. If you are separated but have been in a civil partnership for less than one year please still speak to our dissolution solicitor about the ways in which you can protect your position.
“Common law spouse is a myth, the laws applying to those married couples or those in a civil partnership do not apply co-habitees”