Many people think that living together for several years automatically gives the same rights as marriage (or registered civil partnership) when it comes to dividing assets following a break up. In fact, legally, there’s no such thing as a ‘common law’ spouse.
As you can imagine, this situation can cause any number of problems, especially if you are part of an increasingly common, complex extended family set-up, with shared responsibility for children.
Whether you’re embarking on or already established in a relationship, consider tempering romance with a little pragmatism; it’s easy to enter into an agreement that can deal with things like the ownership of property and what would happen if you separate, or even if one of you dies.
Our family law specialists can advise on all aspects of co-habitation, and prepare an agreement to cover all the potential problems that could present themselves.
For more information on co-habitation agreements and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact Mark Rennie, Partner, Family.