Are you and your partner living together but not married? Great! Unfortunately, the law hasn’t quite caught up with the times, and both of you could be at risk if the relationship ends.
Cohabitation Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about the lack of rights that exist for unmarried couples who live together.
There are about 7 million people in the UK living in this type of relationship, making this the fastest growing family type in the country.
Many people mistakenly believe that simply living together gives you the same rights as marriage. But “common law marriage” is not a recognised legal status. Similarly, having a child together does not grant you the same legal rights as a married couple. If the relationship breaks down, and you are not married or have a civil partnership, you may be left vulnerable to unjust asset distribution.
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We often do not check our rights because it seems unromantic and untrusting to do so. But by addressing the issues at the beginning and regularly reviewing your assets, you will actually be putting the family on a more secure footing. Until there is a change in the law for Cohabitants, a Cohabitation Agreement could be the best solution. If entered into correctly it will establish the intentions of you and your partner, protecting you both from uncertain times.
I am an expert Family Lawyer, and my full profile can be found here: https://www.tbsolicitors.co.uk/chrys-l-wall/ I am a ‘Member of Resolution’ and a Resolution Accredited Specialist, and can assist you regarding cohabitation matters. Please make an appointment and I look forward to helping you in any way I can.
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