There is so much more to consider when your relationship gets serious

The other day I was talking to a young man who was telling me that he had found the girl of his dreams and they were planning to buy a house together.  As he told me his plans, my mind was turning over the fact that he needed to be sure about his legal rights when doing so.  Was he planning to invest more money than she was into the property?  Did he need to show on the Title Deeds that he has a greater interest? He needed to protect his legal interests by having full legal advice before entering into the transaction.  Not very romantic I know, but certainly practical!

He went on to tell me that they were expecting their first child.  Again I was delighted at the news, but also wondering if he appreciates the legal ramifications of having a child outside of marriage.  For a start, to ensure that he automatically has parental responsibility he needs to ensure that he is named as the Father on the child’s birth certificate.  This will mean that he has an equal say in how the child is brought up,  his or her education, religious upbringing and most importantly any medical decisions that may need to be made in the future. It will also confer a right to apply for a child arrangements order in the event that the relationship comes to an end in the future.  Again, not romantic but very practical!

It reminded me how everyday situations can always benefit from a reality check as to the legal consequences of certain important decisions.

We at Terry Jones Solicitors are always happy to provide legal advice relating to family issues and if you want to check the position, then please contact a member of the Family Team.

Sue Fitzmaurice
Solicitor and Director

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