A guide to cohabitation agreements

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November 30, 2017 2 comments

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  As Cohabitation Awareness Week continues, Solicitor Shanika Varga-Haynes explains how to draft a cohabitation agreement. As laws relating to the separation of cohabitees are entirely different to those which apply to married couples, it is wise to draw up a cohabitation agreement or contract. There is a commonly held belief that if you live…

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Cohabitation Awareness Week: James’s story

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November 29, 2017 0 comments

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James and Sarah met at University, whilst watching a band in the Student’s Union (neither could remember afterwards who the band were). James was studying for a teaching qualification, and Sarah was doing a business studies course. They hit it off immediately, and soon became ‘an item’. Their relationship blossomed throughout the rest of their…

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Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

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There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Living together in Serbia

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August 16, 2017 1 comment

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Cohabitating relationships have existed for a very long time and over time they have come to be valued differently – both legally and morally. Here in Serbia, cohabitation was given an equal footing with marriage by the Serbian Family Law Act (in Serbian Porodični Zakon) in 2005 and then by the Constitution of Republic of…

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The rights of Scottish cohabitees by Jennifer Gallagher

August 14, 2017 1 comment

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In Scotland, financial provision for cohabitants on separation and death is set out in the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. This gives cohabitants a certain degree of rights. However, it is unclear whether cohabiting couples in Scotland are better off than their counterparts south of the border. In July 2007 the Law Commission in England…

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More unmarried couples split than married ones in 2016

April 4, 2017 5 comments

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The number of cohabiting couples breaking up has overtaken separation between married couples for the first time, the Marriage Foundation has claimed. The social campaigners analysed the marriage data released by the Office for National Statistics last month, comparing this to previously gathered data. According to the new ONS figures, parents living together without getting…

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Buying property with a married partner

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September 14, 2016 3 comments

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I enjoy my monthly phone in with St Alban’s Radio Verulam because the questions listeners send in really keep my on my toes. This morning was no exception, but sadly time constraints often prevent me from going into too much detail with my answers. So I thought it would be a good idea to do…

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