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Unmarried Couples and Living Together

When any relationship breaks down, often the issues that arise will centre around any children and finances. The legal position on issues concerning children, and on any separation, be you married or unmarried, are largely the same. However, the financial position can be drastically different for an unmarried couple.

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Our holistic approach

The law relating to cohabiting couples is often complex, especially when property ownership is shared. A lot depends on how you originally set up your financial arrangements, so we take our time to establish a clear financial history throughout your relationship, giving us guidance on how to proceed.

When children are involved, we know that a different approach may need to be taken, for example, the sale of a property may need to be deferred for their benefit. We will look at all the circumstances and help you to put together a clear roadmap for your future.

Considering the future

Although we’ll do everything we can in the event of a relationship ending, we know that prevention is often better than cure. If you’re about to engage in a new relationship and start living with someone, it’s worth considering a ‘living together’ agreement – similar to a pre-nuptial agreement – to prevent any unpleasant or costly disputes later down the line.

We have substantial experience in creating these agreements, taking property and financial assets into account, and with the help of our Private Client team help you to draft or change your will accordingly.

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Hear what our clients say about us

Following the conclusion of the matter, Lucy’s client said: “The service from Lucy was superb and I will definitely utilise your company in the future. Thank you for all your patience and understanding, it was a pleasure to work with you.”

Lucy said: “Whilst no one enters into a relationship thinking it could break down, making sure your financial interests are adequately protected is essential.”

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