Cohabitation: latest developments

Available from: 14/05/2024

Family lawyers are increasingly required to handle cohabitation disputes. This webinar will address common questions that arise during such cases.

While the majority of procedural elements in this field are based on civil procedure rules, the principles concerning relationship breakdowns are often rooted in family law. Therefore, it is crucial for family lawyers to stay up to date on developments and case law related to cohabitation.

This webinar will cover the following:

  • The significance of the concept of a ‘common law wife and husband’?
  • Joint tenancies and tenancies in common
  • Use of cohabitation contracts or agreements
  • Does the court start with an equal divide when deciding on the assets?
  • What is ‘common intention’ and what needs to be established to show ‘detriment’?
  • Practice following Stack v. Dowden and Kernott v. Jones
  • Consideration of Lee Hudson v Jayne Hathway [2022 EWHC 631] (QB)
  • Use of proprietary estoppel
  • Equitable accounting and occupation rent – what is the significance?
  • How are the procedural elements different in the CPR from the FPR?
  • How does Schedule 1 CA 1989 fit into Trusts of Land disputes?
  • Costs and offers


Members:  £127.00

Non members:  £175.00

Sole practitioner:  £88.00

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