• When buying a property together, or moving in to a property already owned by a partner, couples should ensure that legal documents reflect how they intend to own the property and whether any financial contributions will have an effect on property ownership.
  • On separation, couples should review the ownership of the property and ensure that a new agreement is drawn up.
  • It is advisable for all couples living together to make wills and update them regularly so that they remain current and continue to reflect the couple's intentions.
  • Particularly where one partner remains married, it is essential to obtain advice about whether divorce should be obtained to avoid future difficulties, how to provide properly by will for the current partner and to understand the potential claims that the separated spouse may have against the estate.