Coping with cohabiting after separating
- 8th December 2009
- Our News
The economic crisis has made things even harder for couples splitting up. If you have been affected read on...
The realities of the credit-crunch spell misery for some couples who have to live under the same roof after a break-up. For both the married and unmarried, the issues present a cul-de-sac of complications. From learning to cope, compromise and being practical about finances there's a lot to cope with on top of the emotional turmoil.
Ronachan Films, a television production company, is conducting research for a possible Cutting Edge documentary, and is keen to hear from anyone who has experienced the realities of cohabiting after a separation.
If you or anyone you know has been affected and you feel like sharing your views on the matter, please complete this short anonymous questionnaire. All answers are confidential and you will not be contacted unless you choose otherwise to share your story.
Rights to property -
If you have a joint rental agreement or mortgage then it is up to you and your partner to sort out what arrangements you will make.
However, if you have been living in your partner’s house then it will not be as straight forward. Even if you have been a stay at home mum, paying your way and contributing to the mortgage, unless your name is on the deeds, you do not have any rights to the property. Deciding what is fair in the event of the worst, whilst you are still together on friendly terms seems the sensible thing to do. David Jackson of Heath Buckeridge Solicitors comments:
"In the absence of any agreement all the Courts can do is try and divine what the parties intended. This can rapidly become almost impossible to do as house and household expenses become intermingled and where the couples' time and effort is expended on improvements, maintenance, decoration and the like. Far better to map out from the outset what is to happen to the proceeds of sale of the property if things don't work out quite as all might have hoped. A cohabitation agreement can help you do this."
What's the answer?
Like 'pre-nups', as some celebrities have learnt to their cost, when the garden is all rosy agreements seem highly pessimistic and horribly materialistic. And at what point do you decide to do an agreement? Many cohabiting couples can live together for years before it's apparent what each party has contributed to the household. And even if you're married, sometimes divorce settlements can seem unfair to one party who ends up having to leave the family home.
Share your views
If you want to share your experience and views on cohabiting after a break-up, Ronachan Films, a television production company, would be keen to hear from you: simply complete this short anonymous questionnaire.
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