The number of cohabiting couples in the UK are increasing. Most cohabiting couples are confused about their rights.
The most common cohabitation disputes are:
1) Property: This is not straightforward. Most cohabitees are under the illusion their rights are similar to married couples. This is not the case. If the property is just in one cohabitees name,the burden of proof is on the other cohabitee to establish they have a legal interest in the property.
2) Children: An unmarried father does not automatically have parental responsibility. Unlike married couples, there are no legal provisions obliging someone to pay maintenance to their cohabitee if they seperate.