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Get the help you need when you want to stop living together


Expert family lawyers in Milton Keynes.

When you move in together, but you’re not married, it can be easy to overlook the legal issues surrounding cohabitation. It’s an exciting time, and the heart may overtake the head.

There are simple steps you can take to ensure you and your partner are legally protected, should the relationship break down in future. Heald Family Law can help, by drawing up a Cohabitation Agreement.

When you need help understanding your rights and responsibilities before you begin living with a new partner, or even whilst you are living with your partner, Heald’s team of highly qualified family lawyers in Milton Keynes have the expertise and experience you can depend on. We will enable you to see what your options are, and help you enter into an agreement amicably, with the benefit of legal advice.

Perhaps you already live with a partner, but aren’t married, and want to end the relationship? We can help with that too.

If you or your ex have moved out and you need clarification as to what your rights are, Heald Family Law are the experts you need. When property and/or children are involved, it is vital that you get the correct advice in a timely manner.


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Do you need a Cohabitation Agreement?

When you move in with a new partner, there is a lot to consider. Have you thought about how any property will be held, and what share each of you will have in the property, or who will be responsible for paying the mortgage? Do you have a legal agreement drawn up to make sure the financial arrangements are fair and clear? What about any existing or future children?

We can help you draw up a legal agreement called a Cohabitation Agreement, specifically for unmarried couples. It may not be the most comfortable subject to raise, but a little forward planning can save much stress and heartache further on down the line. After all, if you are moving in together, you want the best for each other. Having a Cohabitation Agreement in place gives you both peace of mind and security for a happy future together.


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What if your relationship has broken down?

If you’re cohabitating, and thinking about ending the relationship, it’s great that you’re already taking the positive step of looking for advice. Perhaps you or your ex-partner have already moved out? Whatever your situation, you’re in the right place.

When you’re not married, but your relationship is ending , there are many things to consider:

  • Who will any children live with?
  • Who is responsible for paying for their maintenance?
  • Is there any financial obligation for your children’s housing needs to be met?
  • Who owns the house?
  • If the property is in your ex-partner’s sole name, do you still have in an interest in it?
  • What if you don’t have any proof of what contributions you have made?
  • Can you stay in the house, or does it need to be sold?
  • What about any other assets that are owned by one or both of you?
  • What about any businesses you own together?
  • What if you or your ex-partner wants to move abroad?

Heald will help you answer all of these questions and more, and will give you the advice, guidance and support you need to move forward.

When you’re part of an unmarried couple, and have been living together but now want to end the relationship, Heald can help. A legal Separation Agreement will set out the agreed current and future financial and childcare arrangements, to give you the clarity and calmness to consciously uncouple from your partner.


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Why choose Heald to be
your family lawyers?

Heald’s friendly team of experts have decades of experience helping families across Milton Keynes and the home counties to resolve their legal issues. We take the time to understand your individual issues, and explain your options in a way that makes sense to you.

You will benefit from our open-minded, flexible approach, and our clear advice and guidance. If you need a Cohabitation Agreement, we’ll help you set out clear financial arrangements for unmarried couples who are buying a house together. This will set you both on the right path to clear communication and a future free from financial uncertainty.

If your relationship is ending, or has already ended, we will let you know the best way to reach a Separation Agreement, without the cost of going to court. However, if agreement is not possible, and court proceedings are the only option, we will negotiate and use appropriate strategies on your behalf to try to reach a fair settlement on your behalf at each given opportunity. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will present your case to the court in the best way possible, using experienced barristers to argue your case and obtain the best possible outcome.

Heald Family Law are committed to giving you the care and support, professional advice, and the time you need to make the right decisions for your family. Our aim is to ease the transition from your old life to your new life, taking some of the strain away from you so that you do not feel alone or worried in your time of need.


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Meet our Friendly Family Law Specialists

Keshini Rajendra

Senior Associate Family Law

Keshini Rajendra is a Senior Solicitor, and has been helping families since she qualified as a Family Solicitor in 2001.

With 20 years of experience in Family Law, Keshini has an LLB (Hons) Degree in Law and a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice. Keshini successfully completed the first part of a Diploma in Counselling and is currently in the process of concluding the Advanced Counselling Skills Course. Her intuitive approach coupled with her background in counselling helps her to empathise with her clients and empowers them come to terms with difficult circumstances.

Keshini is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher in training, and her ethos is that a mindful and holistic approach will produce more satisfying long-term outcomes for her family clients.

Keshini also undertakes voluntary work at various private hospitals in North London,
supporting therapists with in-patients who have suffered from trauma and PTSD.

As a member of Resolution, Keshini adopts their principles and guidelines to help achieve a constructive resolution for her family clients.

Keshini undertakes all aspects of Family Law, with a special interest in family cases with an international element, and in resolving complex financial matters for high net-worth clients.

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Vyonne Manuel

Solicitor Family Law

Vyonne Manuel is a Solicitor within our Family Department, and chose to specialise in Family Law because of her passion for helping people. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2018, Vyonne has helped countless families get the best results, whatever their background or circumstances.

With a Law Degree from Kingston University, and many other professional law courses on her CV, Vyonne is also a member of Resolution.

Vyonne undertakes all aspects of Family Law, and particularly enjoys assisting her clients through difficult negotiations.

Vyonne is kind and considerate and does a lot of voluntary/charity work in her spare time.

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