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How Counselling can help you create a Living Together Agreement – Victoria Sharman

How Counselling can help you create a Living Together Agreement – Victoria Sharman

  Living together as a couple can be a momentous carefully thought-out life event – or something that just ‘evolves’. Either way, it is a sign that your relationship is at a stage where you are committing to sharing your lives on a daily basis. So would it not be wise to be well prepared, and to discuss areas which could be difficult before they happen? Most relationships experience change and have highs and lows. But how many of us are equipped to tackle problems before they become...

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Stressed parents – simple ways to make a difference

Stressed parents – simple ways to make a difference

An article and short video by Susan Cowe Miller, providing emotional support for greater clarity and confidence.   Susan shares how EFT can benefit you, your new baby, toddler and also older children who are dealing with stress.   EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) aka Tapping is a Self-Help tool practiced to lower and manage anxieties, feelings of anger, unfairness, overwhelm, panic or fear.   Parents can learn how to use this technique to help themselves and their families....

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Bowen Technique – Neither massage nor manipulation. But it works!

Bowen Technique – Neither massage nor manipulation. But it works!

  Gentle, effective and affordable, the Bowen Technique is a hands-on therapy which is neither massage nor manipulation – but a series of gentle rolling moves over specific points on the body.     “My first experience of The Bowen Technique with Catherine Ford really surprised me. It was far more relaxing than I had imagined. I felt my body was able to let go and release tension on a level I’d not experienced for a long time. My back felt looser and less...

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Trust is just not enough when living together out of marriage

Trust is just not enough when living together out of marriage

In this interview with EFT Expert Susan Cowe Miller, she explains how vital it was to create a psychological as well as legal sense of security for her family following her husband’s death and the creation later on of a new ‘living together’ relationship outside of the legal security of marriage.   “My first marriage ended in the most awful way; my husband died weeks after I’d started divorce proceedings. However I was fortunate to receive Life Insurance and the...

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Using Collaborative Law to create a Cohabitation Agreement

Using Collaborative Law to create a Cohabitation Agreement

Collaborative lawyer Kim Beatson has used her specialist training to help couples create Pre and Post-nuptial agreements, and those same skills can also be applied to the creation of a Living Together Agreement. Collaborative pre-nups and collaborative Living Together Agreements More and more ordinary couples – or at least, those couples where one party is not significantly richer or more famous than the other – are now drawing up pre-nup arrangements.  The content of such an agreement can...

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Latest stats on Common Law Marriage – the Truth behind the Myth

Latest stats on Common Law Marriage – the Truth behind the Myth

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK. The ONS released on 28 January 2015 its Household and Families 2014 statistical bulletin. According to the data Cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014 – the fastest growing type of family in the UK.    The Truth behind the Myth   Do Cohabitees realise that they don’t have the same protection as married...

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The Times: Conscious Uncoupling

The Times: Conscious Uncoupling

Getting the facts about Cohabition into the press   I was interviewed by Sally Williams along with my Ex for an article in The Times published 10 January 2015, called “Conscious Uncoupling”.  What was significant for me was that The Times – even though originally they had been looking for couples who had got legally divorced – they then decided to include our story to reflect the over 6 million couples in the UK who cohabit. The differences when you split –...

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Changing the Locks – how to be left out in the cold without a Living Together Agreement

Changing the Locks – how to be left out in the cold without a Living Together Agreement

It may be unimaginable that a father would want to change the locks on the mother of his children, with whom he has been cohabiting with for years whilst she cares for their family as a stay-at-home-mum. But for him to change the locks on the family home whilst his live-in partner is in hospital giving birth to another of their children, is even harder to believe.  But it’s happening in the UK, right now.   Changing the locks on the mother of your children – legally   The real...

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Women need to stand up for themselves and insist on a Living Together Agreement – Interview with Life Coach Claudia Crawley

Women need to stand up for themselves and insist on a Living Together Agreement – Interview with Life Coach Claudia Crawley

  In this interview and video, Life Coach Claudia Crawley of Winning Pathways Coaching, describes how women who are not married but cohabiting need to stand up for themselves and protect their future by creating a Living Together Agreement.   “In the old days it was known as ‘shacking up’.  In the more liberal-minded 21st century, it’s known as co-habiting. Many people are doing it and no-one bats an eye lid. And, yes, with such a personal decision, that’s how it should be. If...

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Decluttering and support for elderly relatives go hand in hand

Decluttering and support for elderly relatives go hand in hand

In this video interview, Cheryl Carter of Every Home Matters UK explains how her service is invaluable to the families of elderly relatives.  She talks about re-homing elderly relatives, organising the home improvements needed to keep them at home or moving them into the homes of relatives which may need to be adapted.     Planning ahead for elderly relatives   We are now generally living longer. In today’s society many elderly people are living alone because they either have no...

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Do Cohabitation Agreements and Postnups make your relationship stronger?

Do Cohabitation Agreements and Postnups make your relationship stronger?

I learned more about how to have a healthy relationship with my children’s father through having to co-parent in separate households than I did when we were together.  But there are easier ways to learn those lessons. By accessing the same level of professional and holistic support and guidance that couples benefit from when they take a healthy route through divorce, those of you who are wanting to create a Postnuptial Agreement or a Cohabitation Agreement can make future provisions for...

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Why Cohabitation Agreements are Essential

Why Cohabitation Agreements are Essential

  When my 10 year relationship suddenly split and I found myself with three children under 7, without my name on the house deeds, no career or income, and no pension, I felt the full brunt of not having any marriage laws to protect my interests. I was unusual in that I knew I had no legal rights and that Common Law marriage is a myth.  I just never dreamt that my relationship would ever end. I had never heard of ‘Cohabitation Agreements’ – but if my daughter chooses to...

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3 Reasons why living together is not the same as marriage

3 Reasons why living together is not the same as marriage

When I lived for ten years with my children’s father we had three children, and when the relationship abruptly ended, the phrase: “Well it’s the same as being married” – proved to be a lie.  You can tell yourself that while you are together, but don’t be foolish enough to think it’s the same when you are splitting up. You think you’ll get some of his pension?  – Wrong.  You are not eligible for any of it. He has a pension.  I have none.  My career was put aside to look after...

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Cohabiting and Common Law Marriage

Cohabiting and Common Law Marriage

  The Myth of Common Law Marriage Half of the population thinks that Common Law marriage exists according to social attitude surveys which are published annually.  It is a dangerous misconception.   In this podcast interview by Alternative Divorce Guide Suzy Miller with Collaborative Lawyer Kim Beatson of Anthony Gold Solicitors, Kim explains the harsh reality of not getting married when having a family – if you are to later split up.     “There is no such thing...

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