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Moving in together is a major milestone in any relationship; unfortunately many couples don’t know about cohabitation agreements and don’t contact a solicitor until legal problems occur. A cohabitation agreement is a document that both of you sign and it sets out what will happen should you ever split up, a cohabitation agreement is much like a prenup however, it does not require you to be married. The law in England and Wales does not recognise couples living together as a legal partnership, this means that generally you do not have rights should you ever break up. A cohabitation agreement will help you plan ahead and establish legal rights that you would not otherwise have in a separation.
We are an independent boutique firm in Central London that specialises in English and international family law. We offer a bespoke, holistic service that provides practical legal advice alongside complimentary client care packages with your well-being in mind.
Along with our experienced partners, we offer a range of free add-on client care packages and assistance with our five client-centred, holistic core values in mind. We want to help you stay positive, confident and self-assured. This personal well-being can as a result often enhance success rates and even reduce legal bills.
We offer one of the longest free initial consultations in London to all prospective clients. We are results – not fee – focused. Our services are robustly designed in order to find solutions quickly and efficiently.
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Knowing where you stand
Our solicitors are specialists in cohabitation agreements. At Grayfords we can draft a cohabitation agreement that is tailored to the specific needs of each of you and the requirements of your relationship. The agreement will protect you and your partner by setting our how you wish to deal with joint assets or finances should you break up, including how provisions will be made for your children. If you are not married cohabitation agreements set out how assets will be divided, it protects each partner from lengthy legal disagreements and gives each partner rights and responsibilities towards each other that they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Moving in together is a big step; a process of learning and of course as your relationship changes so can your cohabitation agreement (with the consent of both parties).
Taking Care of Tomorrow
Cohabitation Agreements are particularly useful for financial matters. Cohabitation agreements are designed around your relationship meaning we can usually make the agreement fit your current financial arrangements, making arrangements binding and giving you some security.
Many couples who are not married choose to keep their finances separate, some couples prefer to keep their money in joint fashion; whatever is right for you getting a cohabitation agreement with give you both piece of mind and allow you to get on with building a life together.
Grayfords have a long history of providing legal advice on financial matters in family law. Our expert team can advise on anything to do with cohabitation agreements including high asset issues, child matters and existing agreements.
Couples with Children
Protecting parental rights
Cohabitation agreements protect children should there ever be a separation; it sets out how your children will be provided for if you and your partner should separate (outside statutory child maintenance). A cohabitation agreement might give you piece of mind knowing, whatever happens between you and your partner, a plan has been made for your children’s futures.
Grayfords are always here for parents who need advice about separation. If you are a couple who have children together and are considering a separation our family law specialists can advise you on contact, residency and maintenance. We can help you reach agreement with your partner and advocate on your behalf.
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