Couples involved in a serious relationship, who live together or are about to get married, may wish to consider entering into a legal agreement governing their assets or even future support issues. An experienced lawyer can make this a relatively pain free process by sensitively guiding couples toward practical solutions for potential outcomes. An agreement provides couples with the opportunity to proactively address issues of concern and avoid the emotional turmoil of uncertainty in the event of a relationship breakdown. A legal agreement protects both parties and is a cost effective and preferable alternative to possible future litigation.
An agreement can deal with a variety of issues including:
- Property owned prior to cohabitation
- Inheritances and children from prior relationships
- Estate planning
- Allocation of costs during the relationship
- Post relationship support