Prenuptial / Co-habitation Agreements

Moving in with a partner is a big step.  You’ll both want to consider what form your relationship will take – if you don’t want to get married, you might want to consider a co-habitiation agreement.   Also, while nobody likes to think about what will happen if things go wrong and you split up, a pre-nuptial agreement may be a worthwhile agreement for your individual circumstances.

Co-habitation Agreements

Our laws have evolved over hundreds of years and for much of that time, marriage was the primary way that two people entered a contract, which brought certain legal entitlements and responsibilities.

In the twenty first century, there are many more ways in which people can choose to share their lives together, but as is often the case, the law sometimes plays catch up with social change.

A co-habitation agreement is a bespoke contract that sets out the entitlements and responsibilities for any couple (heterosexual or homosexual) who choose to live together, but don’t get married.  It can be a useful contract when dealing with matters such as property or benefits.

At Wallace Quinn, our solicitors will discuss your unique circumstances and advise you on the best course of action.

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Nobody likes to consider it, but what would you do if you were to split up with your spouse? There are over 8000 divorces in Scotland every year.

It is easy to forget in the whirlwind of a recent engagement or planning a wedding that a marriage is, from the state’s perspective, a contract between two people.  Both of you will bring assets into that contract and acquire new assets during your life together.  A pre-nuptial agreement considers what will happen to these assets if that contract needs to end.

At Wallace Quinn, our solicitors will discuss your unique circumstances and advise you on the best course of action.