Resolution is an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Our director, Jane Lodeto, is a member of Resolution.

Resolution members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a constructive approach to family issues and considers the needs of the whole family, in particular the best interests of children.

Each year Resolution tries to raise awareness on a key issue within family law. This year it is to raise public awareness of the lack of rights that exist for cohabiting couples.

There are currently nearly 6 million people who live together in the UK without being married.

Cohabiting couples are the largest growing family type in the UK yet they currently have little or no legal protection upon separation.

Resolution believes that cohabiting couples deserve basic rights to protect them should the relationship end.

Resolution calls for a legal framework of rights and responsibilities when unmarried couples who live together split up, to provide some legal protection and secure fair outcomes at the time of a couple’s separation or on the death of one partner. The Law Commission has also recommended changes in this area of law.

Until this happens however, cohabiting couples need advice on how the law currently works and how they can make arrangements to avoid costly disputes if the relationship breaks down. The term ‘common law’ spouse is not a legal term and many do not understand that they do not obtain rights just because they have lived with someone for a certain number of years.

If you are moving in with a partner, or separating, please contact Jane Lodeto or Holly Johnson to guide you through the legalities.