Are you living with or planning to live with your partner? Do you think that you will have the same rights as a married couple, either now or after a particular period of time has passed? Unfortunately, that is not the case. There is no such thing as common law marriage and there is no equivalent of divorce proceedings for unmarried couples who separate. This can make things unduly complex and traumatic when a relationship breaks down.
We would strongly advise any couple who live together to have a cohabitation agreement from the outset, setting out in clear terms how financial issues would be resolved if there were to separate at a later date. This may seem unromantic but it can save huge costs, misunderstanding and distress.
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