Cohabitation Rights For Unmarried Couples

We're advocating for cohabiting couples in Jersey to receive fundamental rights in the event of a relationship breakdown or the death of their partner.

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Cohabitation Laws in Jersey

Cohabitation laws in Jersey, Channel Islands, do not offer the same protections to cohabiting couples as they do to married couples or those in civil partnerships. There is no recognition of common-law marriage on the island, regardless of how long a couple may live together.

Unmarried couples have no specific legal rights if they separate. The absence of specific statutes protecting cohabitees leaves most matters open to agreements made between the couple. This can leave cohabiting individuals vulnerable, particularly when it comes to the division of property and assets, or the right to remain in a shared home.

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Nina has over has over twenty years’ experience in the legal profession in Jersey. She was sworn in as an Advocate…

Clare Woodhouse

Clare Woodhouse

Clare graduated from the University of East Anglia, with a BA in European Cultural Studies followed by a…

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Darry Robinson

Darry is a litigator with broad experience, and has particular expertise in dispute resolution and criminal law.…

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