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Welcome to clarity


The law in this area has changed over the past few years to allow cohabitants more rights. However, the rights and obligations are still very different to those of married couples. If you are considering setting up home with your partner, it is important to take legal advice.

There are many angles to consider including: property ownership; inheritance; tax planning; and matters relating to children.  There are also certain time limits in the legislation affecting cohabitants.

Clear advice

We can offer clear, practical and discreet advice to clients who are about to embark on a cohabiting relationship or who find themselves exiting from such a relationship.  We can assist you in entering into an agreement with your partner or ex-partner regulating the claims that you might have on one another.  We will give you focused and realistic advice on your rights.

Benefits we bring

Morton Fraser's family law team has significant experience of assisting cohabiting couples at all stages in their relationship.  We are often asked to provide advice at the outset and draft agreements.  However, we also have the expertise to litigate where that is required in order to achieve the best outcome for clients.

Our approach to fees

We understand that you need to get a handle on what our advice is going to cost.  We offer fixed fee initial meetings where we can discuss the options with you.  Wherever possible, we provide tailored fee quotes for much of our work. If that is not possible for all of the case, we will give you a clear indication of the likely cost.