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.
Whilst married couple have certain rights under English law, relating to finances and children, cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights.
For those couples not getting married but setting up home together, a living together agreement can perform a similar function as a prenuptial agreement. A living together agreement provides the framework for couples to record their intentions and their respective contributions.
This can help set aside any fears they may have prior to living together, leaving them feeling safe in the knowledge that if the relationship was to break down, they would be protected financially. A living together agreement might be particularly important for a couple buying a house together, running a business together or planning to have children together.
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