Buying property with a married partner

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September 14, 2016 3 comments

family law

I enjoy my monthly phone in with St Alban’s Radio Verulam because the questions listeners send in really keep my on my toes. This morning was no exception, but sadly time constraints often prevent me from going into too much detail with my answers. So I thought it would be a good idea to do…

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Cohabitee wins share of partner’s home

February 17, 2016 5 comments

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A woman whose partner of 18 years died in 2012 has won a share of his home, despite the fact that they never married. Joy Williams lived with former dentist Norman Martin in Dorchester, Devon, for close to two decades, but he remained legally married to his estranged wife Maureen throughout that time. When Mr…

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Woman challenges partner’s wife over home

February 9, 2016 1 comment

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A woman has launched a legal bid for a share in her late partner’s home after his share went to his estranged wife. The 69 year-old lived with her partner for 18 years until the former dentist died from a heart attack in 2012. The couple owned the house as ‘tenants in common’, which means…

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Cohabiting couple dispute ownership of London home

November 9, 2015 1 comment

cohabiting couples

The Court of Appeal has upheld the award of a significantly higher share in equity to one of a former cohabiting couple. Barnes v Phillips concerned a couple who had lived together since 1989. They bought a property with a mortgage and held it as ‘tenants in common’ – a form of ownership similar to…

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