Your Rights: Buying a house with your live-in partner

For most couples, deciding to move in together is an exciting time, looking to the future, and planning a home together can be the start of a great lifetime ahead, but not protecting your assets or your legal position can be a very risky course of action. By the time many couples realise that, in law, they are considered as separate individuals, it’s too late to put any legal protection in place. Many couples believe that living together gives them legal rights, but marriage at common law does not exist, and unless you have agreed your positions at the start…

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Financial commitments don’t end with divorce

Contrary to popular belief, your financial commitment to your ex-partner (wife, husband or civil partner) does not end with a ‘Decree Absolute’. Even if you discuss matters amicably with your ex-partner and decide what happens to your wealth and assets your financial commitments to each other will not end until you legally formalise the arrangement by way of a Separation Agreement and/or a Court Order. What is the time limit for a financial claim after divorce? Regardless of the number of years that have passed since receiving your final order of divorce - the Decree Absolute, there is no time…

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