With the easing of lockdown restrictions, weddings back on the cards, together with the creation of household bubbles, now might be the perfect time to start planning for the future. This may involve living together long term or tying the knot.
Living Together: Lockdown and Beyond
If you have been locked down with your partner for the first time (and survived!) then it may have fast tracked your plans to live together.
The merging of two households can mean financial obligations and commitments are shared, which prompts certain questions: how far does this extend? And does your partner have a claim on the property in the future?
Cohabitation law in England & Wales is very different to the law which applies to married couples. Often, when a relationship ends, the financially weaker partner may end up with little to show for their financial contributions to the home in which they lived for a number of years.
Unravelling the arrangements and agreements without any documents can be expensive and often very stressful.
These conversations can be difficult to have, but are essential when deciding to live together. Both partners should know each other’s intentions when it comes to sharing a property.
The best way of achieving certainty on the arrangements for living together is to take legal advice on your situation, and to consider drawing up a cohabitation agreement. It can save time, money and the anguish of sorting it out at a later date.
Similarly, for those contemplating getting married, you may want to consider a prenuptial agreement, particularly if you wish to protect an inheritance, pre-acquired wealth or if it is a second marriage for one, or both, of you.
Expert Legal Advice
Whatever the next stage in your relationship is, ensure that you and your assets are protected, just in case.
Speak with our friendly, highly ranked family lawyers, for further guidance.
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