It is important to acknowledge that the legal remedies for cohabitants are different to those available to a married couple.

Did you know?
Did you know that if you are living in your partner’s home, and you separate, you don’t have any automatic right to the property even if you have been contributing to the mortgage or paying in other ways?

It is therefore advisable for cohabitants to consider and agree to the division of assets and lay out what they both expect should either one of them die unexpectedly / if they should separate, before they actually begin living together in order to protect themselves and each other.

It is also worth noting, that you won’t inherit your partner’s estate, upon his / her death, unless specific provision is made in their Will or within a Cohabitation Agreement.