In love? Now is the best time to plan for your break-up

Following the publishing of a recent Relate report which suggests almost 1 in 5 couples are in an unhappy relationship Anita Crewdson, Solicitor in Astle Paterson’s Divorce & Family department discusses the benefits in seeking to agree as what should happen in the event that you separate from your partner in the future.

Anita said “It may well be the last thing a couple wishes to consider when moving in together or planning a wedding, but it is sensible to consider what will occur should the relationship break down. 

Relationship breakdowns and divorces take a toll on both the couple themselves and any children of the family.  It will never be an easy time, but there are ways of reducing tensions during a separation or divorce.

There are a number of different ways in which your thoughts and feelings as to what should happen as to your children, money and assets should you separate can be recorded – from a co-habitation agreement which is used where the couple is not married, to a pre-nuptial agreement which is used where a couple intend to get married, to a post-nuptial agreement which sets out the details of an agreement between a couple which are already married.”

Anita concluded, “To discuss what should happen in the event of your separation is unromantic, but is pragmatic.  It can be easier to reach an agreement in respect of children and finances while a relationship is good and acrimony is not going to cloud one or both of the parties’ judgment.”

At Astle Paterson we have a number of experienced specialist divorce and family lawyers who have the knowledge and know how to assist you through your divorce process.

Should you wish to discuss matters further with Anita, then please contact her on either 01283 531366 or by way of email to her secretary, Sue Challoner at

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