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As an unmarried couple living together under the same roof, some legal matters may be a little less clearly delineated than if you were officially wed. However, deciding not to make your arrangement legally binding should not affect the ability to exercise your rights.

Fewer people are getting married year on year, with many couples opting to use their savings for other purposes – so yours will by no means be an unprecedented case. Whether you are at the point of moving in together, a number of years into cohabitation or coming to the end of your relationship and looking into dividing your assets, it may be that you will require some legal assistance when it comes to understanding your rights and any particular legislation that relates to your particular circumstances.

Unmarried individuals struggling with stressful and emotional issues such as the death or serious illness of their partner or matters surrounding child contact after a breakup may be troubled to discover that a “common law marriage” is not something that is currently recognised by the courts. However, by setting aside the time to talk to a legal adviser and put together a document known as a “Cohabitation Agreement” – where matters relating to the ownership of property and assets, along with any arrangements regarding child guardianship and support, can be covered – is a great way of circumventing any barrier that may be presented to you further down the line if you have decided against tying the knot.

You can also create a “Separation Agreement”, which sets out the procedure that is to be followed should your relationship end, from the payment of any maintenance to the division of your worldly goods.

Both of the aforementioned documents are enforceable by law, meaning that any legal grey areas you might encounter are easily cleared up.

Why DPP?

With more than three decades’ worth of experience behind us within family law, DPP Law are the perfect choice when planning your future or working out the best steps to take.

How We Can Help

DPP Law can help you to draw up either of the aforementioned agreements in a way that suits both parties perfectly fairly. We will treat every unique case with sensitivity and understanding, so you know you’ll be in the safest of hands.

For further advice, contact DPP Law today.

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