The difficultly when a cohabiting couple's relationship breaks down, is that there is no specific law governing what should happen in relation to their finances as there is for married couples.
It can also be difficult where the couple occupy a joint rental property. This Court of Appeal case gives some good guidance on how a Court should approach the situation.
When a relationship between an unmarried couple breaks down, in the absence of family law based remedies for cohabitants, it can prove particularly difficult to decide who should remain in a rental property in joint tenancy. These issues are compounded when impecunious and uninformed litigants do not have legal representation. The Court of Appeal's decision two days ago on Tuesday, 14 July in Guerroudj v Rymarczyk  EWCA Civ 743 gives guidance how a court should approach this situation.