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The legal rights and Law in United Kingdom on cohabitation is very wide and varied, in Scotland it was recently changed back in 2006, something that was probably needed as in today’s climate, cohabitation is becoming a far more popular way of couples and families living together. This change in family law covered in the main legal cohabitation and the real need for cohabitation agreements. This written legal document is an agreement which is based on what is the agreed arrangements for couples who are not married but are living together as cohabiting. There are many different reasons that legal cohabitation agreements are getting more and more popular, especially with younger couples living together for thee first time and couples who get together having been married or who had been in a long term relationship before. Cohabitation agreements can cover many different things which the couple acquire jointly, no matter who spent what or who spent most, during that time and which they use in their shared family home, everything that is bought is presumed to belong to both partners equally, this can include the larger assets like cars and property or emotional buys like dogs, cats or any other pets. Cohabitation agreements are more popular today than they ever were.




There are many people who are living together before getting married. Couples moving in together after another marriage or relationship breaks down is very popular and a very common way to live in this day and age. We believe, more than ever, cohabitation agreements are gaining in popularity. Family law in the United Kingdom states that any money that is saved up from housekeeping, or if a property, car, pet, any assets or household goods are bought, regardless of who actually paid for them or provided most of the money, cohabitants have an equal right to share in anything, including savings, cash or anything that is purchased with it. If you are living together, in a serious relationship, and are not yet married, you should probably think about a legal cohabitation agreement. Both you and you partner should put an agreement or document in place as soon as possible. If, in the future, the relationship does come to a premature end, which we all know is possible, without having a cohabitation agreement in place any co habitant can make a claim against the other., as long as it is done within a year of the couple splitting, especially if they have been financially disadvantaged as a result of the relationship breaking up. In the UK the law also enables a cohabitant to be able to make a legal claim to a share of their partner’s estate or assets if the relationship comes to an end or in the event of a partners death – however please be aware, that this type of claim can only be made if their co-habiting partner that they were living with did not make a will.

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If you are living together in a serious relationship, no matter the background or circumstances, if you are cohabiting, you need to seriously think about getting a a legal document written by a family solicitor. You will be very surprised as to hear that your relationship can benefit from having cohabitation agreements. You may, on the other hand, be about to be separated or have just split up from a partner who you were cohabitating with, our family solicitors in Swindon, are here to advise and help. Pick up the telephone today and arrange an appointment to see one of our cohabitation agreement lawyers, just call the phone number above or below or fill out a contact us form at the bottom of this page giving us a brief outline of what your living situation is.

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