For unmarried couples living together, a Cohabitation Agreement clarifies the ownership of shared property and assets.
The discussions you will have when you prepare your agreement ensure you are both on the same page and have realistic expectations about the contribution you will be making to your relationship.
It will also help to protect you from unwelcome surprises down the line, which can be important if you have or intend to have children.
You can read more about preparing or varying Cohabitation Agreements here.
A marriage or civil-partnership is a legal contract which essentially splits your assets 50/50 with your partner. If this does not reflect your mutual intentions, it is sensible to confirm you are in agreement by setting out your finances in advance.
We always recommend Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Pre-Registration Agreements for business owners and anyone with family wealth or pre-existing assets, such as properties and pensions, as well as parents who wish to ensure that children from a previous relationship are protected financially. For your agreement to be upheld, it must meet certain criteria, learn more here.
A Post-Nuptial Agreement is a legal contract drawn up between you and your partner after you are married or registered as civil-partners. They are commonly used in place of a Pre-Nup, or where there is a change in circumstances which is not addressed in an existing Pre-Nup. For example, a Post-Nup may be required if you go into business with another person to prevent the business from being considered as part of your marital pot.
Learn more about how your relationship can affect your business by watching the replay of our webinar for Fresh Business Thinking here.