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16th January 2020

What is cohabitation?

Cohabitation is when a couple live together as if husband and wife or as civil partners. In determining whether or not a couple are or have been cohabiting, the court will always consider the length of time in which a couple lived together andthe nature of the relationship that was shared during that period of time, in addition to all financial arrangements that existed during the course of the relationship. Although the Family Law (Scotland)_2006 Act introduced a set of basic rights for cohabitants, they are still less protected than married or civilly registered couples.

There is no ‘common law marriage’ that exists in Scotland. Therefore, in keeping with the increasing number of couples that remain unmarried or in a civil partnership whilst still living together for a significant period of time, the law now offers some protection to such couples. There safeguards are therefore advantageous to cohabitants should their relationship breakdown.

What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement can be used by a cohabitant to protect themselves and their assets should their relationship breakdown.. In short, a cohabitation agreement is document that is set out much like contract. It therefore includes the financial aspects of the relationship, the property ownership of the parties, in addition to the division of assets following an agreed separation. Essentially, a cohabitation agreement can ensure that neither party is treated unfairly following separation as the terms have already been discussed by the couple and formally accepted beforehand.

What are the benefits of such an agreement?

  1. Having a cohabitation agreement in place ensures that cohabitants are able to Decide what will happen should their relationship breakdown. Often, there can be difficulties arising from one cohabitant owning a property in their own name whilst the other lives and contributes to the cost and upkeep of that property. Having a coherent agreement in place from the beginning can ensure that following a break-up, no party is left unfairly compromised.
  1. A cohabitation agreement can, in some circumstances,speed up the separation process which is more often than not advantageous for both parties. It helps to avoid the additional stress and confusion that may occur alongside a relationship breakdown.
  1. A cohabitation agreement can also reduce the risk of conflict when living together and does not necessarily have to just cover the breakdown of the relationship. It can include specific details in relation to how much each party may pay towards a mortgage, bills and other finances whilst living together. Therefore, a cohabitation agreement can act as a useful tool in helping to reduce disagreements between parties.
  1. Finally, the use of a cohabitation agreement has the potential to save both parties money in the long term, although there is an initial cost in drafting the cohabitation agreement in the first place.

If you wish to enter into a cohabitation agreement, or wish to seek advice in relation to your rights as a cohabiting couple, contact our specialist family solicitors. We have many years’ experience in dealing with cohabitation issues, and can gladly assist you with your cohabitation agreement.

15th January 2020

We are today delighted to announce the date of our next out of hours drop in clinic - Thursday 30th January. Running from 5-7pm, in our West George Street office in Glasgow city centre, the free clinic offers legal advice and support to individuals on all areas of family law, such as:

This will be the 4th free drop in clinic we have held, but the first to cover all areas of family law. The feedback from the previous divorce & separation events has been fantastic with clients appreciating being able to receive free expert advice during what can often be a very difficult period, with one of the latest attendees saying:

“I can't thank you enough for taking time to meet with me. I found the meeting really informative and you explained everything really well. Our meeting helped me clarify in my own mind what I want to do. I was feeling very vulnerable before our meeting and you were really helpful and easy to talk to.”

By expanding the clinic to cover all areas of family law rather than simply divorce & separation, we hope to be able to assist even more people through some of the most difficult situations in life.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Cameron Shaw, Associate, Jones Whyte Family Law department said:

“We realise that when you are going a family law matter, it is often one of, if not, the most stressful time an individual will go through. This doesn’t include the stress involved in trying to fit in a visit to your lawyers into your already busy schedule. That’s where the idea for the drop in clinic came from.

Allowing people to gain access to quality legal advice that they need on family matters, at a time that works for them. Not having to take time out of work or a long wait for an appointment that suits. Just pop in between the hours of 5pm & 7pm and we will be on hand to provide help, support & advice. We also have a limited number of appointments available, therefore it would be sensible for those wishing to obtain advice, to phone beforehand and confirm their appointment.”

Family issues and disputes can cause acute distress and anxiety. However, you may be surprised by the variety of options available to you. Led by our experienced divorce lawyers, Amerdeep Dhami, Cameron Shaw and Danielle Stevenson. Our sympathetic team of family law solicitors will assess your circumstances and provide guidance to ensure that you take the best course of action to resolve the situation.

The clinic takes place in our modern Glasgow office, situated at 98 West George Street, G2 1PJ (next to Stack & Still). To book your free 20 minute meeting with an expert family solicitors simply fill in our online contact form, call 0141 375 1222 or email info@joneswhyte.co.uk. Appointments will also be available on a drop in basis on the day and will operate on a first come first served basis.

Further information can be found on the events Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/2254296988208804/

8th January 2020

As we begin the new year, many couples will be considering their next steps;

Or as the inimitable Spice Girls once sang when 2 become 1…

Whether that be moving in together, buying your first property or getting engaged. As well as celebrating these happy events it’s important to remember that there are legal consequences to all of these and that you may wish to consider taking legal advice before committing to the next steps.