This is incredibly important and often a difficult topic to broach for de facto couples especially if you are just starting out and moving in together. Pre-Nuptial Agreements or Binding Financial Agreements are a great way to build an exit strategy should things sour in your relationship. Keep in mind that they are not always easy to negotiate. The most important thing is that you & your partner talk honestly about the “what if’s” in the event of a relationship breakdown.
You also need to consider the legal ramifications of a BFA. By entering into a BFA you are acknowledging the legal existence of your relationship. In the event your relationship ends, and you find yourself the respondent in family law court proceeding, you would not be able to challenge the courts jurisdiction to hear the matter as you have effectively admitted the relationship. This article explores this and other relevant issues.