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Living Together Agreements

Unmarried couples have different legal rights and responsibilities in relation to property, finances and children to their married counterparts. Contrary to popular opinion there is no such thing as a common law husband or wife.

couples that live together can make virtually no use of the system of law available to married persons and are therefore much more vulnerable on the break up of the relationship or the death of one party.

A living together agreement provides the framework for couples to record their intentions and their respective contributions. This means that both parties are then safe and secure in the knowledge that should their relationship come to an end then the agreement will set out cliearly what should happen, espcecially with regard to any financial settlement.

Whereas the Courts have power to adjust property rights on divorce, they can only determine who owns property and in what shares on the basis of actual
contributions of unmarried couples and/or their intentions. It may be difficult to prove actual contributions and even more so a couples intentions or promises.

The agreement can include details about property, payment of the mortgage, outgoings, ownership of contents, liability for debt, and so on.

The agreement will need to be precise and detailed and confirm that the parties intend to create legal relations which will then ensure that the agreement is enforceable.

The parties may be advised in relation to a Deed of Trust being drafted which sets out the ownership and respective beneficial interests in the home.

It is also essential that couples living together both make Wills particularly because of the lack of protection under the Intestacy Rules.

We are able to draft a Living Together Agreement for you on the basis of a fixed fee.

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