Family & Cohabitation

Family Law

The dedicated team of fully qualified professional advisers in the Gabbs family Law Department will help you manage your way through separation, divorce, financial; disputes and disputes relating to children. The team can provide advice on divorce law and practice, how to manage your separation, pension arrangements, and will give thorough, client-centred advice to bring about a settlement.

Experienced legal advisors are aware that resolving family disputes can be a painful and damaging process and the family law team at Gabbs works hard to achieve a settlement without causing further harm to the family relationships.


There is no legal definition of cohabitation and it is generally taken to mean a couple living together without being married. In different areas of law, the word “cohabitation” means different things and gives different rights. Cohabiting couples can be lesbian or gay partners as well as heterosexual partners.

The rights granted to married couples are not necessarily granted to partners who are cohabiting without being married. For many couples it is important that they should understand their rights, responsibilities and obligations to one another and to any children of their relationship.

Solicitors at Gabbs are accustomed to dealing with cohabitation issues including banking, debts, children, domestic violence, money and possessions, ending relationships, changing names, financial support, Court proceedings, publicly-funded services, social security benefits, occupational and personal pensions, medical consent, tax, student grants, sexual relations, legal status, death and inheritance, co-ownership of property, tenancies and related subjects.


Our Experts

Jennifer Lewis
Director, Chartered Legal Executive (FCilex)

Jenny joined Gabbs in 2015, graduating from Staffordshire University with a Graduate Diploma in Law in 2017, and winning the Worcester Law Society Student of the Year upon Graduation. She qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in August 2023.

Anne Vincent
Associate Solicitor

Anne is the head of our family team and has over 30 years' experience in family law, dealing with divorce, separation, children and financial matters.