Thinking of living together? We can help you with any concerns you may have.
If you and your partner are thinking about living together we can advise you if:
• You are buying a house together, but are contributing different shares to the deposit;
• You are moving into your partner’s house
• Your partner is coming to live in your house;
• You are getting married and earn a lot more than your partner; or
• You are getting married, but want to protect assets or a family business.
Nobody likes to think that their relationship may end, but if you did separate, what would happen to the family home, the family business, or other assets and income?
Getting married or living together may mean that your assets and/or income are at risk of being transferred to the other person if you break up. It may be best to act now to protect your assets and income in case you were to stop living together. It is increasingly popular for couples beginning to live together or engaged to marry to sign a written agreement. It can say what should happen if you were to break up. These agreements are known as ‘cohabitation agreements’ and ‘pre-nuptial agreements’.
Our experienced team can help you prepare an agreement or advise you on an agreement prepared by your partner’s solicitors.
Frequently asked questions
Contrary to popular belief, ‘common law marriage’ is not legally recognised in England. If you are not legally married you will not be able to rely on the same legal protections available to married couples.
The law in this area is complex and changing. At present, pre-nuptial agreements do not prevent a court ordering a different financial settlement on divorce. This is starting to change. A well prepared pre-nuptial agreement is likely to be given significant weight by a court, and may be followed in its entirety.
Any agreement may have a massive impact on your future financial security. It is very important that you are properly advised on the agreement before you sign it.
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Contacting a solicitor does not need to be daunting. For a free-consultation with a family solicitor to find out how we can help, call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back.