Cohabitation agreement

Our family law solicitors are able to advise and assist should you wish to draw up a separation agreement. 

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Cohabitation agreement

Living together

If you are planning to move in with your partner, but do not currently have plans to get married, we can help you put a Cohabitation Agreement in place that makes it clear what each of your financial responsibilities are.

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    When should I make a cohabitation agreement?

    You can make a cohabitation agreement at any time, whether you are about to start living together or if you have been doing so for many years. A cohabitation agreement can cover how you’ll share the rent or mortgage and bills and how to deal with any bank accounts, property or assets if you should separate. A cohabitation agreement also helps agree things in a fair way, without the emotional pressures which can arise when a relationship breaks down and can strengthen your relationship by lessening the worry about what would happen if you do separate, preventing disagreements and avoiding potentially costly court proceedings.

    What can a cohabitation agreement cover?

    A cohabitation agreement can cover: – how each of you contributes to rent, mortgage or household bills – how each of you will deal with any debts – the fact that if you own a property each of you may have contributed differently to the deposit – how you deal with any joint bank accounts – taking out life insurance on each other – nominating the other as a beneficiary under a pension – what would happen to items you’ve bought together like cars and furniture – what would happen to your pets – how you will support any children you may have. Provided you’ve both been honest about your finances and assets, it’s likely that a court would enforce a properly prepared cohabitation agreement as it is a legal contract between you. If you go on to get married you could consider a pre-nuptial agreement. Although not legally binding, a pre-nuptial agreement would be taken into account by the court in any proceedings between a married couple or civil partners should they separate.

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