<div style="display:inline;"> <img height="1" width="1" style="border-style:none;" alt="" src="//googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/viewthroughconversion/1028731116/?value=0&amp;guid=ON&amp;script=0">
12 ISSUES FOR £24 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today click here

Living together agreement: cohabitation and your rights

PUBLISHED: 11:07 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 16 March 2017

Debenhams Ottaway on cohabitation laws

Debenhams Ottaway on cohabitation laws

Archant

Debenhams Ottaway explains how you can get the best from cohabitation confusion

As a family lawyer, I have often had to break the news to clients that they do not have the ability to claim any financial support against their ex-partner, even if they have been living together for years.

It is a common misconception that living together will give rise to the same rights on separation as they would on divorce. This is not the case and the difference in outcomes can be huge. Marriage gives a couple the potential to make a claim against all of each other’s assets, including each other’s properties. However, there are no such rights for unmarried couples and they can only obtain a share of their partner’s property if there is a written agreement, such as a declaration of trust or living together agreement, allowing them to do so or they can prove they made a contribution to it, which is often difficult to do.

The law in this area is changing on a regular basis and so disputes can take a long time and be very expensive. This could all be avoided with a living together agreement. It sets out who owns what and in what proportion and lets you document how you will split your property, contents, personal belongings, savings and other assets, should the relationship break down. It can also cover how you will support your children, over and above any legal requirements to maintain them, as well as how you would deal with bank accounts, debts, and joint purchases such as a car.

The agreement can also be used to set out how you and your partner will manage your day-to-day finances while you live together, such as how much each contributes to rent or mortgage and bills, and whether you will take out life insurance on each other.

Once the couples agree on who owns what, how their assets should be divided in the event of a split and what they want from the agreement, one partner instructs their lawyer to get the agreement properly drawn up and a copy is sent to the other partner, who ideally should get their own lawyer to go through it. Once both parties are satisfied with the agreement, the document is signed and witnessed.

A living together agreement lets you agree things in a fair way at the outset without the pressures that can arise if a relationship breaks down. If you would like further information in relation to living together agreements or family law generally, please contact one of our family lawyers at Debenhams Ottaway.

Natalie Lester, Debenhams Ottaway Natalie Lester, Debenhams Ottaway

Natalie Lester, Family Solicitor

Debenhams Ottaway

T: 01727 735612

E: nl@debenhamsottaway.co.uk

W: debenhamsottaway.co.uk

_____ _____

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Hertfordshire Life

Yesterday, 18:39

Layth Yousif tried out the new rooms with dinner and breakfast at the village pub-restaurant in Willian

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Follow what’s happening at the awards as things get going and the winners are revealed on Monday 24th July from midday

Read more
Friday, July 21, 2017

Our independent panel of 12 judges has examined hundreds of entries in this year’s food and drink awards to create its shortlist in 12 categories. Discover who has made the finals at Hatfield House on July 24.

Read more
Thursday, July 20, 2017

From strawberries and raspberries to gooseberries and blackcurrants, there is an abundance of fruit available for picking in Hertfordshire. We have selected eight ‘PYO’ places to spend an afternoon in the county

Read more
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Join The Vine Leaves Restaurant for their Wagyu Beef Burger and Prosecco Evenings throughout August!

Read more
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This month marks 200 years since the death of novelist Jane Austen, whose insightful romances among the landed gentry continue to grip us. With Hertfordshire a key location in Pride and Prejudice, Sandra Deeble goes looking for the Bennet’s footprints

Read more
July 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July is the perfect time to go in search of Herts’ most colourful residents – dragonflies and damselflies, writes Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust senior reserves officer Jenny Sherwen

Read more
July 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

‘It’s not all about putting your body into pretzel shapes’ – Herts-based British Wheel of Yoga teacher Clare Cornell outlines the many health benefits of yoga

Read more
July 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017

From Spitting Image impressionist to West End star, Jessica Martin’s career has had many highs. But she continues to reinvent herself, with a new career writing and illustrating graphic novels. Matt Adams met the vivacious Watford artist over coffee in St Albans

Read more
July 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017

Cattle grazing is literally becoming a common sight, as the traditional use of cows on ancient meadows is reintroduced to maintain rich habitats, Countryside Management Service projects officer Andrew Taylor

Read more
July 2017

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Job search in your local area



Local Business Directory

Hertfordshire's trusted business finder

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search