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Cohabitation law: Jude Law and Sienna Miller split after buying house together

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Celebrity couple Jude Law and Sienna Miller have broken up just six weeks after buying an £8 million North London home together.

The split was announced by Law's spokesman on Tuesday (February 8).

A rumour of a secret relationship between Miller and Joe Armstrong, her co-star in the West End play Flare Path, has been denied by her spokesperson.

Jude and Sienna got together on the set of the film Alfie in 2003 and got engaged in 2004. However they never married, and in 2005 Law issued a public apology to Miller for an affair with his children's nanny.

The romance was rekindled in 2009, and in December last year they moved into a huge Grade II listed London home together.

 

Miller now has no legal right to remain in the property, as Law's name is on the title deeds. Reports suggest she will move back into her West London home, which was put on the market, but has not yet been sold.

Currently there are few legal rights for cohabiting couples. Whether they rent or own their home, if one partner's name is on the paperwork, the other has no right to a share of the property, or to continue to live there. This does not change if one partner contributes to childcare or other costs.

Last Friday (4 February) N
icholas Wall, head of the UK family law division, told the Times he believed cohabiting couples should have greater legal protection. Until the law is reviewed, couples can protect themselves by drawing up a Living Together Agreement.

When buying a property, they can ask to be named on the title deeds as 'joint tenants', or as 'tenants in common', making a significant difference to their rights.

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