There is no such thing as a “common law” husband or wife. Consequently, if you are not married and your relationship breaks down you may not be protected financially. The Court has no power to manage the affairs of unmarried couples and therefore an Agreement may be appropriate to protect financial interests.
Living Together Agreements (also known as Cohabitation Agreements set out who owns what within the relationship and address how assets and liabilities are to be divided in the event that the couple separate. The Agreement can also set out how finances will be managed during the relationship (i.e. who is responsible for paying specific bills).
We have considerable experience of advising clients in relation to Living Together Agreements and drafting the Agreements to ensure financial positions are protected.