- Do I need to plan my estate if I don’t have children? - The importance of a Will and planning for the future is often discussed when you have children, but if you do not have children, do you still need to plan your estate?
- No fault divorce - The current divorce law, which has been in place for almost 50 years, requires couples looking to divorce without two years of separation to file for a ‘fault-based’ divorce.
A couple who are cohabiting are treated differently under the law to a married couple. This difference becomes particularly significant when the relationship comes to an end. Contrary to popular belief there is no such thing as common law man and wife. If parties do separate then they will find that there is far less protection and discretion under the law compared to what would be available within a divorce.
In order to avoid the complications that can arise following the breakup of a relationship it would be wise to consider entering into a cohabitation agreement. This can be used to protect a particular asset or agree what should happen if the parties separate and thus save considerable stress and costs in disputed proceedings.
How to fund a cohabitation agreement
We may be able to offer a fixed fee funding for cohabitation agreements, please contact one of our solicitors for further details.