It is a good idea to plan ahead if you are going to marry, live together or enter into a civil partnership. A written agreement can do two things. Firstly it can set out what should happen whilst you are together such as who will pay the mortgage. Secondly it can deal with would happen if your relationship ends.
This can resolve many difficulties which may arise if you do separate and can reduce the stress, expense and time involved.
If prepared properly, such an agreement can be taken into account, but is not enforceable, by the Court.
It is important that you make a Will because your partner is not your next of kin, so that they are provided for in the event of your death.
If you have children you should take advice about whether the father has parental responsibility for them.
If you would like to know more about this then please contact a member of the family team.