Co-habitation disputes and Pre-nuptial Agreements
Living Together Agreements
Couples who live together do not have the same legal protection available during separation as those who are married. This often comes as a shock to many and can result in one person finding themselves in an unfair financial position when the relationship breaks down.
It can therefore be helpful to have a clear framework recorded by agreement before moving in together or purchasing a property together.
Our experienced family solicitor can advise you on how best to protect your position and can assist you by drafting a cohabitation agreement which can record a number of factors to include:
- your contributions towards the household finances such as mortgage and bills
- your position in relation to ‘pre-living’ together debts
- financial contributions towards your children
- any discrepancies in deposit contributions made towards the purchase price of the property
- joint life insurance policies
An Agreement will give you a degree of certainty as to where you will stand if the worst was to happen and you and your partner were to later separate.
Similarly, Pre-nuptial Agreements can also be used to set out what each party will be entitled to in the event of a divorce. These need to be set up before a couple embark on marriage and are especially useful if one or both partners have previous family ties, business concerns or high earnings.
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