Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute

Civil partnership and cohabitation disputes cover arguments over ownership or division of property and financial assets where your relationship means that divorce and matrimonial finance law doesn’t apply (eg you were not married).

These cases usually fall under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act (TOLATA).

It doesn’t make any difference whether you’re of the same sex and in a Civil Partnership, or whether you simply have no legal relationship other than having lived together in a home that you both contributed to somehow. Our Family Law team members have extensive experience of these matters and can provide advice and representation.

(If you and your partner are or were married you need to look at the Divorce and Matrimonial Finance section)

If your relationship has broken down but you and your partner weren’t married –a case may involve:

  • Property claims between unmarried and same sex couples including TOLATA claims
  • Financial remedies on the dissolution of Civil Partnerships
  • Declarations of Trust
  • Constructive Trust
  • Our TOLATA specialists have extensive experience in this area – from dealing with couples who own multiple properties, to sorting out how various types of contributions to shared property will be recognised when that property is divided.

We can support and assist you with advice drafting documents and representing you during proceedings.

Case Studies

Civil Partnership & Cohabitation Dispute Testimonials

“I’ve woke up today feeling so grateful and I owe so much of it to you guys, especially Dean who’s been great, both your guidance through the years and advice has been hugely noted and appreciated.”

Mr M Instructing Dean Thistle – June 2017