Married or not. Does it matter?

Year Published: 2012

Rumours in the media are that Angelina Jolie is pregnant again – if true this would be a fourth biological child for her and Brad Pitt and a seventh child into their family.

The reports vary as to whether the couple are married or not. But does that matter as they have lived together for many years now?

Well, maybe not so much in their case given the amount of money they each have. But for most couples it does make an enormous difference to their financial settlement whether they are married or not, when they split up. If married, then on any separation, a financial settlement will reflect fairness and peoples’ needs. If not married, it won’t.

A couple who are only living together will be treated very differently by the courts than a couple who are married – and that is true no matter how long they have lived together, even if there are children – seven or otherwise. Often people don’t realise this until it’s too late, assuming the law will protect them when in fact it doesn’t.

If you want to know more about how you can protect yourself then contact Liz Bottrill, Partner in our Family team on 01244 305 992.

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