Marie Proud, Director and Head of Family Law at Tinsdills warns that “Cohabiting couples need to be aware of their legal rights following the recent court hearing. We always advise clients to have discussions upfront and consult a solicitors to ensure you have the right protections in place.”
A recent court hearing at a Central London County Court, Judge Stephen Murch found that unemployed Law graduate, Ms Ladwa who acted as ‘housewife’ in her 16 year relationship with her ex girlfriend would be entitled to half of their £1.7m home in Essex.
The on-going legal battle between Ms Ladwa and Ms Chapmen had heard how Ms Ladwa played the role of a ‘housewife’ in the relationship and as such should be entitled to the same rights as a married couple, even though the pair were not yet married. However Ms Chapman, an established businesswoman who worked to pay for the pairs lavish lifestyle accused her ex partner of never doing a ‘proper days work’.
Even though Ms Chapman had bought the house in her sole name back in 2007, within a year she then transferred this into joint names.
During the ruling, Judge Murch found that the funds to pay for the house comprised largely from a joint bank account in both of the couples names as well as proceeds from a previous house sale and at the end of the ruling decided that Ms Ladwa would be entitled to half of the house value.
You can read the full article at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/13/female-law-graduate-wins-half-ex-girlfriends-17m-home-arguing/