Many couples choose to live together without entering into a civil partnership. Many couples believe that they will automatically qualify for some protection under the law if their relationship breaks down. However, at the current time, their relationship with one another is not recognised as having any legal standing in the same way as those who have formed a civil partnership. Couples who choose to live together have no special status in the eyes of the English legal system.
The Family Team at Mayo Wynne Baxter appreciate that civil partnerships aren't the only type of long term relationship and for couples who choose not into a civil partnership, understanding your cohabitation rights is therefore extremely important. We don't want you to be faced with any unforeseen problems should the relationship break down or one of you passes away.
If you are living together as a couple, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your partner. There are also ways to minimise the legal and financial problems which may arise if, as can happen, you decide to separate, or if one of you dies.
Our specialist team can work with you to prevent a variety of issues and disputes from occurring by spending the time in creating a Cohabitation Agreement based on your individual circumstances.
This is a simple document that states clearly each of your rights in terms of property, other financial assets and pensions. It can be extended to include provision for any children if needed. You will also need to prepare or amend your wills to reflect your joint agreement.
If your relationship has broken down, there are possible legal remedies open to you. This is a complicated area of law that is subject to changes by interpretation by the Court. You will therefore need to take specialist advice and we can guide you in the right direction.
Contact the Family Law Team today for more specialist cohabitation advice.