Why Hire a Divorce Lawyer in London if I’m Not Getting Divorced?

A romantic couple who may still need a divorce lawyer

Think that divorce lawyers in London only deal with the breakdown of marriages? Then think again — we’re so much more than that.

Handling divorce proceedings and everything related to the breakdown of relationships is certainly an important aspect of the job for a divorce lawyer in London, but it’s not all we’re about. From the early stages of starting your lives together to the next step of marriage, we help couples create futures together — not just help them separate their lives.

If you’re wondering what a family lawyer in London can do for you, other than divorce proceedings, we’re here to talk you through why you need a divorce lawyer in London — even if you’re not getting divorced.

Moving In Together? A Cohabitation Agreement Can Save You Trouble Down the Road

A couple who need a cohabitation agreement with the help of a divorce lawyer

Cohabitation before marriage has increased by 900% in the past 50 years. Two-thirds of marriages now take place between couples who’ve been living together beforehand for an average of 31 months. ‘Living in Sin’ may no longer be a consideration when you’re working out the cons of moving in together, but what if it doesn’t work? Many people use moving in together as a ‘trial run’ for marriage, or even to replace marriage entirely, but this can often mean they neglect to take the proper legal precautions.

There are many ways in which the law regards couples living together as different to couples who are married. If you’re planning on putting in any financial investment into your relationship — such as a mortgage together or having one person as the breadwinner, or if you’re planning on having children together — then make sure you consult a family lawyer in London and draw up a cohabitation agreement.

Take Out Insurance on Your Marriage With a Prenuptial Agreement

A newly engaged couple who need a prenup from a divorce lawyer in London

A marriage is a legally binding commitment, so when you think of proposing, think about a prenuptial agreement, too. You wouldn’t buy a house without house insurance, or a car without car insurance, so don’t forget to insure yourselves in your marriage, too. You can never predict the future and, rather than thinking of it as not trusting your other half, think of it as planning your married lives together. This is just the small print.

Divorce solicitors in London are skilled in drawing up prenups that take into account both of your financial situations and your future plans so that you can find an agreement that suits both of you. In the unfortunate event that your marriage does break down, having things clearly laid out from a time when you were on the same page will reduce lengthy legal battles, making a clean split with the possibility of friendship much more possible.

Converting From A Civil Partnership to a Marriage? We Have the Know-How

A same sex couple in a civil partnership who wish to be married with the help of a divorce lawyer

Same-sex marriage was legalised in the UK in 2014, ten years after civil partnerships became commonplace. While civil partnerships provide most of the same legal rights as a marriage, converting to a full marriage is now an option. Because same-sex marriage was only legalised three years ago, the laws surrounding it are still developing.

At KMJ solicitors, we advise on prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and arrangements for children for same-sex couples. We are also skilled in providing advice about financial matters including pensions, offshore trusts and company structures. When your lives are at stake, it’s not worth taking the gamble and deciding against talking to a family lawyer in London.

Divorce lawyers in London aren’t just for divorce. They’re for every stage of your life. Whether you’re considering moving in together or marriage, make sure you find a divorce solicitor in London who suits your needs and can help you navigate out the legal minefield of making sure all possible futures are prepared for.

Thinking of a divorce, a prenup, or other legal documentation? Contact KMJ Solicitors today for a free, no-obligation consultation to find out what one of the top divorce lawyers in London can do for you.

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.