Aimee McGowan
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Valentine's Day is usually associated with chocolates, flowers, and romantic dinners. But let's be honest, sometimes the true battles in relationships are fought over less glamorous things, like who takes out the trash or whose turn it is to mow the lawn. This year, why not give your loved one the gift of peace and clarity with a "Happily Ever After, Except for Chores" Contracting Out Agreement?

Yes, you read that right. While we're lawyers, not relationship therapists, a Contracting Out Agreement can be a surprisingly thoughtful and practical way to navigate shared responsibilities and finances within your relationship. Think of it as a prenup for everyday life, minus the awkwardness and mansions.

Beyond Dishes and Dust Bunnies

While chore division is a common focus, Contracting Out Agreements offer much more.

They can be especially valuable in situations like:

  • Unequal contributions to shared assets: Buying a home together with different financial inputs? An agreement can clarify ownership percentages in case of separation.
  • Protecting pre-existing assets: One partner entering the relationship with significant assets like businesses or inherited funds? An agreement safeguards their ownership.
  • Older couples cohabiting: When one partner owns the home, an agreement prevents the other from claiming ownership rights after separation.
  • Gifted or inherited wealth: Protecting specific assets received through gifts or inheritance can be addressed in an agreement.
  • Differing financial liabilities: If one partner has significantly more debt or business risks, an agreement can clarify financial responsibilities.


Remember, it's about love, not scorekeeping!
A Contracting Out Agreement isn't about keeping tabs on who does more chores or who owns what. It's about fostering open communication, establishing clear expectations, and ultimately, strengthening your relationship by minimising potential conflicts and resentment down the line.
Our Agreements and Offer:
  • Clarity and peace of mind: Knowing responsibilities and ownership rights reduces stress and strengthens your bond.
  • Customisation: Craft an agreement that reflects your unique lifestyle and preferences.
  • Open communication: Use the process to discuss expectations and build trust.
  • Legal protection: Our lawyer approved agreements are enforceable and ensure fairness for both partners.
Ready to Explore This Option?

Contact me for a free consultation and let's create a "Happily Ever After" agreement that works for you!

Remember, investing in clear communication and understanding can be the best gift you give your relationship, not just this Valentine's Day, but for years to come.

Disclaimer: This blog post is not a substitute for legal advice. Please consult with a qualified professional to discuss your specific situation.