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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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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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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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