Living together; does your partner have any rights to your property once you live together?
Many couples worry about whether their partner will have rights to their property if they live together. So what’s the answer?
One question that comes up regularly is ‘will my boyfriend have a claim on my flat if he moves in with me?’. Couples currently have very few rights and one partner generally doesn’t acquire the right to a share in the other’s property purely because they live together. However, it can be a bit of a grey area so it’s probably better to protect yourself with a written agreement.
What your bank should do if you have a joint account and you split up - and why they may not
Beware - your bank may not know the rules or may not help you if you and your partner have a joint account and split up
If you and your partner have a joint account with an overdraft, a joint loan – or even a joint savings account – beware! Your bank may not do what it’s supposed to when you and your partner split up. I get regular emails and comments from women who’ve broken up with their partner and whose bank hasn’t been helpful – or worse – when they’ve asked what they can do to protect their finances.
The planned married couples' tax break: how would it work?
The government says it plans to give 4 million married couples a tax allowance of up to £212.
You can now register for the married couples' tax allowance, which is being introduced from April 2015. The tax allowance will be for married couples and civil partners where one partner either doesn’t work or earns less than the personal tax allowance (which will be £10,600 by 2015). It will be worth just over £4 a week to four million couples.