More and more couples are choosing to live together and share their lives without getting married. With the average cost of a wedding increasing and more couples choosing to save to get on the property ladder instead, it is not uncommon for couples to remain unmarried for a long time, if not indefinitely.
Whilst emotionally, you may feel no different to a married couple; in the eyes of the law, couples that cohabit without getting married do not share the same legal rights as married couples. This can make things difficult if the relationship breaks down in the future particularly as regards finance and property; and if children are involved, it’s important to protect their future too.
Understandably, you may not want to consider what would happen if you were to split up but it’s sensible to plan for the future by creating a living together agreement (sometimes called a cohabitation agreement). This will give you the peace of mind and certainty that however your relationship may change in the future, both you and your partner will be legally protected. You’ll know where you both stand and if the worst happens and your relationship does break down, the legal implications will be one less thing to worry about.
We’ve helped lots of couples create cohabitation agreements. Many people find that it’s much easier to form this agreement whilst in a strong, loving relationship when communication is easy rather than dealing with the consequences of a complicated break up at a later date when tensions may be running high.
We understand that every couple is different, so we’ll take the time to get to know you so that we can draft an agreement that reflects your own circumstances and needs. It will protect both people and detail your responsibilities in the event that the relationship does break down. With the agreement in place you can get on with your life, with the peace of mind that every eventuality is planned for.
At Burn & Co Solicitors we explain everything in plain English, answering any questions you may have and making the process easy to understand. We also offer free, initial over-the-phone advice and will explain the estimated costs and timescales involved as soon as we can so you always know what to expect.
For confidential, friendly advice about living together agreements contact us today.
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