Legal protection for couples living together
It’s a popular myth that the law applies to common law husbands or wives or couples living together just as it does to married couples.
But no matter how long a couple has been living together, they will never acquire the same rights as a married couple or civil partners. The problem for couples living together is that many of them only find this out when their relationship has broken down or their partner has died.
If you decide to live with your partner but not to get married or enter a civil partnership, you should protect your legal interests to reduce the legal and financial problems which may arise if you decide to separate or if one of you dies:
- Make a Living Together Agreement (also known as a Cohabitation Agreement) to govern the day-to-day financial issues in your relationship
- Make a Lasting Power of Attorney to ensure that that your partner is able to make decisions about your finances and/or personal welfare if you are unable to do so
- Make a Will to ensure that your partner is provided for in the event of your death. If you fail to provide for your partner in your Will then he or she may not receive anything.
If you have children, you need to consider that the law provides that a mother automatically has parental responsibility for any children, and a father may have to obtain a parental responsibility order from the court.
How Nelsons can help with cohabitation law
We offer a range of options to couples looking to create a Living Together Agreement. If you would like the reassurance of a face to face discussion, our team of specialist solicitors are happy to meet with you.
We also offer innovative fixed fee services to provide choices according to what you can afford and how much support you would like. Our fixed fee services are delivered online, making them cheaper but still giving you the reassurance that they are checked by our lawyers before they are completed:
- A Fixed Fee Cohabitation Agreement – for just £299
- A FIxed Fee Lasting Power of Attorney – from just £39
- A Pair of Fixed Fee Wills for unmarried people – for just £149
If you would like to meet with one of our experienced family lawyers to discuss a living together or parental responsibility agreement, we offer an initial meeting for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT.
As part of this meeting, our lawyer will give you a full assessment of your situation and explain what your legal rights and options are, as well as the cost for preparing any agreements.