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Living together

More and more couples are choosing to live together and share their lives without getting married. And whilst emotionally, you may feel no different to a married couple; under the law, unmarried couples legal rights differ from those who marry. This can make things difficult if the relationship breaks down in the future particularly in regards to finance and property. If children are involved, it is important to protect their future too.

Some unmarried couples are choosing to live together (cohabit) and share their lives without getting married. And whilst emotionally, you may feel no different to a married couple; under the law, unmarried couples' legal rights differ from those who marry. This can make things dificult if the relationship breaks down in the future particulary in regards to finance and property. If children are involved, it is important to protect their future too.

Some unmarried couples use the term common law husband/wife in the belief they have created a common law marriage and therefore have legal rights over one another as a result. We are able to advise you on your common law rights so that you know what is true and what is not.

Our team of experts are able to advise and assist on issues that may arise on seperation. These may be property disputes where you msy feel you have a financial interest in a property but it is not held in joint names or seeking to protect an existing interest in a property. You may wish to record an agreement in a seperation agreement

Cohabitation Agreements

Even if splitting up is the last thing on your mindright now, it is sensible to plan for the futureby creating a cohibitation agreement (sometimes called a living together agreement). This will give you the peace of mind that however your relationship may change in the future, both people will be legally protected. You will know where you stand in life if the worst happens and your relationship does break down, the legal implications will be one less thing to worry about.

We have helped lots of couples create cohabitation agreements. Many people find that it is much easier to form this agreement whilst in a strong, loving relationship rather than dealing with the consequences of a complicated break up at a later date.

We understand that every couple is different and so we will take the time to get to know you so that we can draft an agreement that reflects your own circumstances. It will protect both people and detail your responsibilities in the event of a break up. With the agreement in place you can get on with your life, with peace of mind that every eventaulity is planned for.

Our Family lawyers in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven in East Sussex all have the experience required to be able to provide you with reliable, detailed and relevant legal advice. We often have clients instruct us who are based in the surrounding areas such as Brighton, Lewes, Uckfield, Heathfield,   Bexhill and Battle.

Free Legal Advice

At Barwells we use plain English - not legal jargon. We will explain everything in a way that is clear and easy to understand. Our Family team also offer free initial advice and will explain the costs and timescales involved up front so you always know your options and what to expect. So for friendly, confidential advice about prenuptial agreements, contact us today on 01323 875027 to speak to one of our Family solicitors, lawyers or legal executives.

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