Legal Divorce Advice

4 The unmarried couple

4.2 Legal Advice and Counselling

As suggested elsewhere in this guide, it is often helpful for cohabitees to consider counselling as their first step if their relationship is in difficulties or if it appears to be about to break down.

Because the financial and property issues arising on the breakdown of a cohabitation relationship can be complicated, and if counselling has not enabled the parties to rescue their relationship, then it makes sense for the parties – if they cannot agree matters sensibly between themselves – to take separate legal advice and guidance on their rights and liabilities.