Marriage isn’t for everyone. More and more couples are choosing to make a commitment to each other without marriage or a civil partnership. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that you develop the same rights as a married couple.
There is no such thing as a ‘Common Law Marriage’. Have you made the decision to move in with someone? Or are you planning on buying a property with another person?
If you have made the decision to live together, make the decision to establish the framework for your partnership by entering into a Cohabitation Agreement which can set out the nature of your financial relationship whilst you’re living together and establishes your rights should that relationship break down.
These agreements bring certainty to a complex area of the law. They are particularly useful in circumstances were parties to a relationship are contributing unequal amounts to the purchase price of a property.
If you live together and your relationship has broken down we can advise you in relation to your financial separation. Although there has been talk of reforming the law in this area these cases are still dealt with under strict property and trust laws. In some cases it may also be possible to make a financial claim on behalf of any children of the relationship.
Overall, I have nothing but praise for Sam and her team, they were professional, courteous and caring throughout and made a stressful event as easy as they possibly could. Thank you Sam.