PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 16 August 2018 Jo Malone Stephen Williams and Francesca Easter of Ashtons Legal. Picture Dave Richardson BIGPHATPHOTOS Living together or planning to get married - why wouldn’t you talk about money? Each person needs to make a full and frank disclosure of thier financial situation. Picture Getty ImagesUntangling the web of who gets what if a couple separates can be almost unbearably complicated.What happens to the money parents lent to help their child buy a house?If they want it paying back, do both halves of the couple owe money or just their child?If the house is sold, is the parents’ money part of their child’s share?Each partner will discuss the agreement with their own solicitor. Picture Getty ImagesIf one half of the couple brought considerably more money to the household, will it be considered ‘joint’ money to be shared evenly if they split?What about his collection of … [Read more...] about When should you get a living together agreement?
Should couples live together before marriage
Deciding whether or not to get married should be a decision for the heart and not the head. But there are some sound financial benefits. Martin Lewis has detailed them on his Money Saving Expert website, explaining how marriage can help secure the future for you and your spouse. The Liverpool Echo reported that on the flip side, living together but not tying the knot can leave you more vulnerable in ways you might not realise. One quite well-known benefit is being able to draw money from your spouse's state pension after they die. While company pensions can also pay to the spouse of a deceased employee, some British pensioners can gain through their state pension if they are legally married or in a civil partnership with their significant other. It applies when the surviving spouse has not worked enough to build up full state pension entitlement for themselves - historically benefiting wives who looked after the home and never paid much National Insurance. And on the gloomy subject … [Read more...] about Should you get married? Martin Lewis says yes
Lisa Armstrong and Ant McPartlin's shared life together came crashing down in a furious phone call just before Ant drunkenly crashed his car into two other vehicles while more than twice the legal limit. As the Mirror exclusively reveals today, the estranged couple - who had split in September 2017 after Ant's highly publicised rehab treatment for booze and drugs - had a blazing row a couple of hours before his horror smash, on Sunday March 18 2018. Their heated exchange was over the care agreements for their chocolate Labrador Hurley, who the couple got in 2011 and has been a huge part of their lives. A friend of Lisa's told the Mirror that her dad Derek had to step in after overhearing the furious argument to tell Ant to calm down. "Lisa was at home with her dad when Ant rang," said the pal. "The conversation quickly got heated – it was to do with who should have Hurley next, as they are meant to be sharing custody. "It quickly descended into angry words and swearing between … [Read more...] about Why furious exchange before Ant’s drunken crash was ‘last time he spoke to Lisa’
Britain should "welcome and applaud" the collapse of the nuclear family, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said. In a speech Sir James Munby, the president of the High Court's family division, said the modern British family was "complex" and "takes an almost infinite variety of forms". He said that "whether through choice or circumstance", many people "live in families more or less removed from what, until comparatively recently, would have been recognised as the typical nuclear family. "This, I stress, is not merely the reality; it is, I believe, a reality which we should welcome and applaud." Listing the ways in which the family had changed, he said: "People live together as couples, married or not, and with partners who may not always be of the other sex. "Children live in households where their parents may be married or unmarried. "They may be brought up by a single parent, by two parents or even by three parents. Their parents may … [Read more...] about We should applaud the end of the nuclear family, says top judge
Turn the clock back to the 1960s and cohabitating with a partner was viewed as being immoral and disrespectful, but today the picture is rather different. With more than 4.5m* UK couples living together before marriage – a lot has changed and attitudes have relaxed somewhat. Whilst I’m acutely aware that living together prior to getting hitched is now recognised as the norm, I (together with my husband of eight years) am happy to be among the few who decided to wait until after our wedding day to live under the same roof. Shock horror! A gamble? Perhaps. Madness? Possibly. We got a lot of, ‘What on Earth are you thinking?’ from friends who couldn’t see the logic in our decision and who, I’m sure, thought our marriage would be doomed within months as we uncovered the perhaps no-so-attractive traits of our personalities. But as we head happily towards our ninth wedding anniversary, we regularly ask each other why living together before marriage has … [Read more...] about Why I Believe Couples Shouldn’t Live Together Until After They Are Married