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Living with someone instead of divorce

Living with someone instead of divorce is the best guess for the decline in the divorce rate by as much as 36% in 11 years. There are simply fewer marriages or perhaps the are inherently the more stable relationships. Is it better not to be married when it comes to separation? The Office for National statistics latest figures of an annual decline in divorce to 2015 of 9% suggests many people view the consequences of separation are less damaging without a marriage. Cheshire family law solicitors at Stonehewer Moss advise some thought be given to this conundrum. Your personal circumstances are the key to whether marriage can be more harmful on separation than simply living together. A blog cannot address all the circumstances but after quarter of a century dealing with family law issues,  the writer thinks many might be stock piling trouble for themselves when living together becomes dealing with a house other than as tenants. Do not go for the cheapest deal when buying the house; seek specialised family law advice tailored to your circumstances. Here are some factors:

  1. Is there an age gap? Frankly, is there a junior partner and if so, what might the effects be in the event of death or separation;
  2. Are there children of this or past relationships? Will they be secure if there is a separation or death?
  3. Do you both work? What happens if a younger female has children and loses her earning capacity? Will an equal share of  the house suffice if looking after children on less money?
  4. Is there an unequal cash contribution? Not being named on the title for some vague reason given by your partner in the modern world should be explored.
  5. Has a third party such as parents helped and do they want your partner to share in their generosity come what may?
  6. What if you marry in the future?

Deeds can be drawn and advice given if you choose not to marry but an assumption that life is pain free if unmarried when it comes to separation may be naïve or simply wrong.Living with someone instead of divorce is negative and may be proven to be a mistake if your circumstances have changed.  For advice on living together agreements or pre nups please call 01606872200 or e mail visit


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