Couples who decide to live together as opposed to marry are not treated in the same way as married couples, should they separate.
If you are living with someone and either want to protect your property, what was acquired before you met or make provisions for property that you both acquire in the future, a cohabitation agreement sets out the arrangement in relation to finances and property.
Every relationship is different. At Jordans Solicitors we will take the time to understand your relationship and meet your needs when arranging cohabitation agreements.
Cohabitation following divorce
Cohabitation following divorce can also be common, especially as some individuals are less enticed to remarry in the near future. This can also raise concerns about how this new cohabitation can impact the outcome of your divorce settlement. In some cases, it can signal to the court that your financial future is stable and minimise your claim to spousal maintenance.
If your ex-spouse moves in with a new partner, you will still need to keep making maintenance payments. You may be able to apply to the courts to have your payments terminated if you have evidence that your ex-spouse is receiving financial support from their new partner.
Our family solicitors can provide expert advice around cohabitation following divorce, whichever side you are on.
Pre-nuptial agreements are designed to help those in a relationship who plan to marry in the future. When you have property or assets that you might not want your new partner to have in the event of a divorce, a pre-nuptial agreement can be the solution you need. This can help reduce uncertainties and clarify what should happen with property in the event of a divorce.
While a pre-nuptial agreement is not legally binding, it can carry some considerable weight in the event of a relationship breakdown. To ensure your pre-nuptial agreement is given the most weight at court, certain procedures have to be followed. These include having independent legal advice and there being full disclosure of finances.
Our experienced family solicitors can give you expert legal advice on how to ensure the correct procedures regarding pre-nuptial agreements are followed, to protect you as far as possible.
Every pre-nuptial agreement is different, as every relationship is different. That’s why our friendly and expert family solicitors will take into account your personal and financial circumstances to properly cater for your individual needs.
Frequently asked questions about cohabitation agreements in the UK
When should I enter into a cohabitation agreement?
A cohabitation agreement can be prepared at any time during your relationship, but you should particularly consider it if:
- You are buying a house together, but have contributed different shares to the deposit.
- You are moving into your partner’s house and will be contributing to the monthly mortgage instalments.
- Your partner is coming to live in your house.
How much do cohabitation agreements cost?
Every cohabitation agreement will be tailored to meet your individual circumstances, which means the cost will depend on your particular needs. Please call us on 0330 300 1103 and we will be happy to give you an estimate of our costs for cohabitation agreements. We may be able to prepare an agreement for a fixed fee, starting at £600 plus VAT.
Frequently asked questions about pre-nuptial agreements in the UK
I am married and already have a pre-nuptial agreement. My spouse and I want to change the terms of our agreement. Can we do this?
Yes, you can vary an existing pre-nuptial agreement. It is very important that you each receive independent legal advice before doing this and that any variation is prepared by a professional to ensure it is effective. Alternatively, if you are married and never entered a pre-nuptial agreement, but now want to make an agreement about what should happen if you divorce, we can help you prepare a post-nuptial agreement.
How much does it cost to prepare pre-nuptial agreements?
Every pre-nuptial agreement will be tailored to meet your individual circumstances. This means the exact cost will depend on your personal needs and situation. Please call us on 0330 300 1103 and we will be happy to give you an estimate of our costs. We may be able to prepare an agreement for a fixed fee, starting at £750 plus VAT.
My fiancé’s solicitors have prepared a pre-nuptial agreement. Do I need to see a solicitor before signing it?
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.
Contacting a solicitor does not need to be daunting. For a free 30-minute consultation with a family solicitor about pre-nuptial or cohabitation agreements in Wakefield, Dewsbury, Horsforth, Selby or Penistone call 0330 300 1103 or request a call-back below.
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