“We are moving in together - what do you need to think about?”
Despite popular belief the ‘common law marriage’ does not exist and hasn’t done for centuries. The reality is that couples that live together do not have the same legal rights as married couples. In fact, when it comes to property ownership, the law can produce some very unfair results.
Everyone is different and no two couples or their lifestyles are the same. This may be the first time you have each lived with a partner, or one or both of you may have lived with or been married to other people before. One or both of you may have children from other relationships. You and your partner may have come together much later in life, bringing your different individual wealth or assets with you.
Whatever your specific situation is, there are certain steps you can take at the outset and things you should try to agree with your partner in order to avoid a great deal of unpleasantness and cost if the unthinkable were to happen and either your relationship breaks down or one of you dies or becomes seriously ill.
The main questions to consider are:
- Who owns what?
- Who will pay for what?
- Do I need a cohabitation agreement?
- I’m thinking of getting married do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?
- Mum and dad are helping out financially – what do they need to know?
- What if my partner and I have children together?
- What if we already have children from other relationships?
- Is the law different if we are a same sex couple?
- Do we need a will?
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