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Relationships aren't easy

.. and they certainly don't get any easier when you have to talk about money.

Claire was just such a person and didn't want to risk putting a "dampener" on her new relationship by discussing with her partner what would happen if they separated or one of them died. Claire owned her own home prior to the relationship and her partner moved in. Eight years later he was moving out and asking for half of the house.

Many people think that what property they own prior to a relationship is theirs and that on a separation would not have to share it with their partner.

This is not so – as Claire found out to her cost.

Don't leave it until a separation to find out what your position is.

Talk to us as early as possible. There are many ways to protect your assets in such situations and not all of them cost an arm and a leg!