If you are not married but are living together, you do not have the same rights or protection in law as a married couple.
If you are not married but are living together, you do not have the same rights or protection in law as a married couple as the law is currently limited if you separate and it could be that one of you ends up left with nothing. It can also mean there are complex legal proceedings needed, particularly if only one of you owns the property you live in.
The best way to protect yourself would be to enter into a cohabitation agreement, which can be done prior to moving in together or any time afterwards. The agreement will set out what is to happen should the relationship end but can also include who will pay for what during the relationship, such as contributions to household bills.
It is usual for couples to agree between themselves what will go into the agreement and if that’s the case we can offer a fixed fee service which includes an initial appointment to take detailed instructions and provide legal advice and drafting the agreement for £600 plus VAT.
If you need legal advice on the terms of the agreement or help in negotiating what will be included. We can assist with this as well and costs will be charged at our hourly rate of £190 plus VAT.