More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people
believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).
However, this is not the case in England and Wales.
People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.
Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues you need to consider one of which is a cohabitation agreement.
It might seem unromantic when you are preparing to move in together for the first time, however addressing such issues in advance should avoid, at best, disagreements and, at worst, legal proceedings if things do not work out long term.
A pre-wedding checklist is essential and part of this checklist should be the consideration for a prenuptial agreement.
In today’s modern society, prenuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous. Courts are beginning to recognise the importance of a parties’ autonomy and will consider prenuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.
Prenuptial agreements enable you and your future spouse to agree what you want for the future before you get married. As you and your spouse are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split should the marriage end,…
Whilst many businesses look to centralise operations from larger offices, Peter Lynn and Partners are not only proud to maintain an operational office in Mumbles but are seeing a rapid growth in demand for their services.
Peter Lynn, Senior Partner commented “As one of the largest law firms in South West Wales, many people would assume we operate from a central, out-of-town office block but we value our network of community offices and Mumbles is no different”.
Whilst the Mumbles Office specialises in Wills, Residential Conveyancing, Divorce and Family Law, the Newton Road team are just a phone-call away from the…
Peter Lynn and Partners specialise in child law, understanding the sensitivity and expertise required when dealing with the interests of children. Our experience of acting for parents and children in difficult child arrangement disputes allows us an intimate understanding of how to work towards the best interests of the child.
When a family is separating, whether the parents are married or not, planning the future of any children involved is difficult. With whom and where will they reside? What contact will take place? Where will they be educated? Will they keep the same name?
If issues regarding the time each parent…
You may recently have seen in the news a case involving a woman who had been married to her husband for thirty-nine years. Mrs Owens had decided to divorce Mr Owens on grounds of his unreasonable behaviour and made twenty-seven allegations of his treatment of her including how she felt he “constantly mistrusted her” and was “insensitive” to her. Her husband decided to defend the divorce saying that he did not believe that the marriage had irretrievably broken down.
It is important to remember that there is only one ground to end a marriage or civil partnership in other words…
The wedding season is nearly upon us but these days many more couples decide to cohabit rather than tying the knot. However, it is important to know that being unmarried can create a financial disadvantage should the relationship fail in the future.
In the eyes of the law, there is no such thing as a common-law husband or wife. If you are not married you cannot necessarily claim a share of your partner’s income, capital or pension upon separation, no matter how long you have been together or how many children you may have between you.
If your partner passes away…
Applications for divorce surge in January, especially the first week after the New Year, as people decide to start the new year with a clean slate after what can be a very stressful Christmas holiday.
Being with your partner for many days when a marriage is already experiencing problems is an issue but add the pressure of in-laws and putting on a “happy face” for visitors and it can quickly reach breaking point.
Sara Plant, Partner and Head of Family Law commented “Christmas for some couples can be fraught with lots of tension, emotion and financial issues which can expose the…