Life is for living and enjoying. Protecting yourself and your partner through a pre/post nuptial agreement or cohabitation agreement means that should the worst happen, you’ll have a sound and pre-agreed legal agreement that will make any future separation easier and less stressful.
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pre/post-nuptial agreements and pre/post-civil partnership agreements.
Pre/post-nuptial agreements and pre/post-civil partnership agreements are a practical approach towards protecting your assets or agreeing terms in case of a future separation or divorce.
Courts can consider these agreements in deciding the division of assets upon divorce and separation, but usually only if the agreement has been professionally drawn up.
This is an area that needs sensitivity and tact. It can be a difficult subject to broach when you are entering into what both parties hope will be a lifelong relationship. Our experienced family lawyers can help you explain the advantages of such an agreement and keep the focus on the positives.
Unmarried and cohabiting couples have no special legal rights if they separate. The concept of a “common law” husband or wife is not recognised in English courts and can result in one partner being left with nothing.
what is a cohabitation agreement?
If you live with your partner or are planning to do so, you can help to protect your interests by entering into a cohabitation agreement, also known as a living together agreement.
A cohabitation agreement is a document that you and your partner agree to before or while you are living together. It is a contract that details how you and your partner will deal with matters that could result in a dispute if the relationship comes to an end. It’s not a romantic gesture but is a sensible step to take. Legal action in the case of a relationship breakdown is more stressful and more costly without a cohabitation agreement in place.
what does a cohabitation agreement cover?
We can advise you on how to divide assets, such as a jointly owned property. It may be that the property is in your sole name, but your partner still has an interest. If you and your partner make different contributions to a property, we can help you protect those contributions through a Declaration of Trust.
If you or your partner have children, claims can be brought on their behalf to help provide for them financially in addition to Child Support payments. These proceedings can be complex and expensive, so agreement is preferable.
Partners have no right to financial support from the other partner and do not acquire an interest in a property simply by living there.
Depending on the age of the child, fathers may not automatically have parental responsibility if not married to the mother. Parental responsibility can be written into a cohabitation agreement to ensure both parents remain fully involved and consulted in the child’s life.
Our family solicitors can also advise and help you secure agreements in relation to your children, such as where they live, how much they see you or your partner and other specific issues, such as schooling, medical or religious issues.
Unless specifically stated in your Will, your cohabiting partner will not be your next of kin and will not benefit from your estate. We can put you in touch with a solicitor from our wills and probate team to help you make the most appropriate arrangements for your situation.