There is no such thing as a common law wife or husband and claims between unmarried couples are governed by property and trust law. Perhaps your partner owns the family home in their sole name, but you contributed to the acquisition? Or perhaps you jointly own the property but you did not sign a declaration of trust setting out your respective shares? Family law is inherently complex. For thoughtful, expert advice do get in touch.
We encourage clients to reach agreement on property issues upon separation, but if the ownership of your home remains in dispute, we can help you make an application to court to quantify the beneficial interest of each party.
If you and your partner have separated but have children together, you may be able to establish a legal claim for a property to be purchased or preserved for your children. We can help you reach an agreement with your former partner in respect of housing for the children, but if no agreement can be reached, we are experienced in making the appropriate application to court.