Legal Protection for Cohabiting Couples
It is common nowadays for unmarried couples to live together as if they were married or in a civil partnership. This long-term alternative living arrangement may see cohabitants sharing many assets including co-owned property, shared cars or joint bank accounts.
Some financial protection is given by the law to cohabiting couples however, it is untrue to believe that they are afforded the same legal protection as those who are married or in a civil partnership. The difference between the protection offered to married and cohabiting couples is substantial and it is advisable that any cohabiting couple contact a cohabitation lawyer for specialist advice to prevent lengthy legal action if the relationship breaks down.
Creating a Cohabitation Agreement
The best way to avoid a number of issues is to consider making a cohabitation agreement. Once a cohabitation agreement has been put in place, it will offer security should the relationship end or one cohabitee pass away. We are able to advise you on your specific circumstances and let you know what your options are.