When you’re building a home with someone, the last thing you want to think about is a potential break up. However, at the start of the relationship, it’s best to come to an agreement about what should happen if you end up separating.
Unmarried couples aren’t protected in the same way that couples who are married or in civil partnerships are, so it’s important to address potential legal and financial problems before they happen. Even if a relationship is considered one that is long-term, in the eyes of the law there is no such thing as a ‘common law husband/wife’. This means that should a break up or death occur, legal and financial affairs related to children, mortgages, and other finances such as pensions and savings could suddenly become extremely important.
We offer a free, 15-minute, pre-bookable phone call with one of our experienced family law team. Alternatively, we offer a fixed £120 fee inc VAT for a 45-minute meeting with one of our highly experienced family team. If you would like some confidential advice about a family legal issue, contact us today to book a meeting.
Creating a ‘co-habitation agreement’ means that each of you is protected should any eventualities arise. Jarmans offers an affordable, understanding and approachable service which will help you to create a document that embraces both of your wishes.
A co-habitation agreement is a contract that sets out who owns what and how it is shared. It explains how, in the event of a break-up, you and your partner will split property, assets, child care and maintenance costs. In some cases, it can also set out how you and your partner split day to day bills.
Although it doesn’t sound like a particularly romantic way to begin a relationship together, a co-habitation agreement actually allows you to set out your plans for the future in a fair and agreeable way. It also protects you if you should decide to part company in the future.
Should you be in a relationship that has broken down without a co-habitation agreement, we are happy to work with you and advise you of the best course of action to ensure that your split is as amicable as possible.
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