Family Law Guidance For Athletes – The Legal Position Of Unmarried Couples On Separation
Tammy Knox, Laura Hunter Watkins and Hannah Hayward, family law specialists at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, have prepared a series of articles highlighting the key considerations in family law that may arise for athletes in England and Wales. This series is aimed at lawyers and non-lawyers and attempts to provide a helpful introduction to family law in this jurisdiction. It will cover, in turn, the following key topics:
The legal position of unmarried couples on separation (below)
The law on arrangements for children post separation (coming soon)
What to do about continuing parental disputes (coming soon)
Family law in England and Wales is complex. As such, it is always advisable to take specialist legal advice early on in the event of entering into a new relationship, or when considering leaving an existing one.
This first article explores the key issues facing unmarried couples upon separation (particularly those living together), and answers the following questions:
What claims are available to an unmarried couple if they are to separate?
How can I protect my property if I live with my partner?
How does property law protect me in a relationship breakdown?
What claims can be made on behalf of children?
The article focuses on English law and is relevant to athletes from any jurisdiction now living in England and Wales. At the outset, please note that claims on behalf of unmarried couples are often complex and depend on your specific circumstances. This is why getting advice from a family law specialist at an early stage of a relationship is a good idea to protect you financially in the case of a relationship breakdown.
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Tammy is a partner in the London office of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, specialising in all areas of family law, particularly those with an international element. She regularly advises on child abduction and international relocation of children, financial issues arising from separation, Family Law Act applications, disputes about child arrangements and prenuptial agreements. She is also experienced in representing vulnerable clients.