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Cohabitees, no matter how long they have been living together, are not afforded the same rights upon the breakdown of their relationship as those which arise on divorce.

Contrary to popular thought, the law does not recognise “common law” husband or wives, and as a result, there is no automatic provision for a dependant partner for maintenance, or an entitlement to make claims in relation to capital or pensions from the other partner if the relationship breaks down.

As many cohabitees have already discovered, arguing in the Court about what may or may not have been agreed many years before is not likely to persuade the Court to rule in their favour, unless there is clear evidence in support.

If you do not wish to marry your partner, or cannot do so, then to lessen the risk of such arguments taking place you should consider making a cohabitation agreement to record in advance how you would both want your property and assets to be dealt with if ever you were to separate.

As with a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, such an agreement will enable you to clearly set out the assets that belong to each partner, and agree how these assets should be shared, and what financial support would be provided, to offer certainty and lower legal costs in the event of a relationship breakdown.

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Moving closer towards 21st century pensions trusteeship

The Pensions Regulator is proposing clarity on its powers to impose financial penalties on trustees. The outcome may mean an increase in fines.

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Professional Trustees - a chimera of the pensions world?

The Pensions Regulator consults on a definition of 'professional trustee' as we face an increasing drive towards '21st century trusteeship'.

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Charity trustees criticised for selling property too cheaply

Charity Commission finds ‘basic and serious mismanagement’ by the trustees in selling land for £15m less than it was worth.

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Charity Tax Group Regional Meeting

Date: 04 May 2017

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, The Light, Leeds

Speaker: CTG’s Chairman and Technical Adviser

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Through the Maze - June 2017

Date: 06 Jun 2017

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, Leeds

Speaker: Various

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Employment Law Update for Charities 2017

Date: 15 Jun 2017

Venue: Hilton Leeds City

Speaker: Guest Speaker: David D'Souza, CIPD, Head of London

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