But while the headline process may be easier, couples going through the legal stage of break-up are still experiencing many challenges. Heralded as a new dawn for parting couples, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 aimed to streamline the divorce process when it became law in April 2022. The legislation has made divorce less
Our specialist cohabitation solicitors work from our offices in Dorset and Wiltshire and can help you set out a living together agreement to safeguard you in the unfortunate event of separation.
More and more couples are choosing to live together and share their lives without getting married. Whilst emotionally, you may feel no different to a married couple; under the law, couples that live together without getting married do not share the same legal rights as those who marry. This can make things difficult if the relationship breaks down in the future particularly in regards to finance and property. And if children are involved, it is important to protect their future too. You should also create or update your will to reflect this exciting new chapter.
The advantages of creating a Cohabitation Agreement
Even if splitting up is the last thing on your mind right now, it is sensible to plan for the future by creating a Cohabitation agreement (sometimes called a Living Together agreement). This will give you the peace of mind that however your relationship may change in the future, both people will be legally protected. You will know where you stand and if the worst happens and your relationship does break down, the legal implications will be one less thing to worry about.
How does a Cohabitation Agreement / Living Together Agreement work?
A Cohabitation agreement requires each person to take independent legal advice. We have helped lots of clients create Cohabitation agreements. Many people find that it is much easier to form this agreement whilst in a strong, loving relationship rather than dealing with the consequences of a complicated break up at a later date.
We understand that every couple is different and so we will take the time to get to know you so that we can draft an agreement that reflects your own circumstances. It will protect both people and detail your responsibilities in the event of a break up. With the agreement in place you can get on with your life, with the peace of mind that every eventuality is planned for.
If you would like more information then please do contact us and one of our cohabitation solicitors will get back to you.
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