Cohabitation and Marriage

If you decide to get married or move in with your partner, there are various legal arrangements which you may like to create or review to protect both your interests.

If you're moving in with someone without getting married, a cohabitation agreement will set out all the financial arrangements to avoid problems further down the line. If you're buying a property together, a declaration of trust will record equity shares. Remember to inform everyone of your change of address when you move in together to avoid mix-ups or potential identity fraud.

If you are getting married or entering into a civil partnership, a prenuptial agreement can ensure that the intentions of both yourself and your partner are recorded in case of a break up. A certificate of marriage or civil partnership is sufficient evidence of name change if you want to adopt your spouse's surname, but if a different variation of name is needed, you can use a statutory declaration of name change to do so. Finally, when entering into any new significant relationship, you may decide that you want to create or review your will to reflect your new circumstances.