Separation, Cohabitation and Prenuptial Agreements
For some couples, making the conscious decision not to get married is important. This does raise some difficult legal issues which need to be addressed and this is often best done at the start of a relationship when things are amicable.
This could include making a cohabitation agreement, which outlines any financial stake in the property you jointly own and can help to clarify things so that you both feel more secure. This type of agreement can help in the future if you do decide to separate.
If you are planning to get married, there may be a number of reasons why you or your partner could decide to put a prenuptial agreement in place. Whatever those reasons, we can help you to have those initial discussions and then implement the terms of your prenuptial agreement.
How Can We Help?
Separation from a long term relationship can be complicated, with complications in jointly owned property, belongings and maybe even pets. Where there is no cohabitation agreement in place it can be a difficult exercise for everyone involved to split up your belongings and finally be able to move on.
If you are in this situation, we can help you to work through a fair approach to your separation so that you can start to come to terms with the split and so you feel that a good compromise has been reached.
If you are planning to move in with your partner or already have it makes good sense for both of you to put together a cohabitation agreement to outline your financial commitments and how these are split. This is not an agreement that signals that you know your relationship is going to end, it just gives the details about where everyone stands.
A prenuptial agreement can be used in many different circumstances, without any suspicion that your marriage is not going to last. You may be marrying for a second time and want to preserve the inheritance for your children from your first marriage, or if one of you is significantly wealthier than the other, a prenuptial agreement will help to add security for everyone concerned.
If you would like to find out more about our cohabitation, separation and prenuptial agreement services, please do get in touch with one of our experienced family team to discuss your circumstances.