Unmarried couples that live together do not automatically have the same legal rights as married couples. On separation, people often find that they are not entitled to the finances and property that they expected they would be. Please see our page on unmarried couples rights for more information.
A cohabitation agreement is one way to try and avoid this eventuality.
A cohabitation agreement, also known as a Living Together Agreement, sets out how you will deal with any financial or property issues during the relationship and also in the event of a separation.
They can help to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding during and after the relationship by clearly stating what you both agree should happen.
A cohabitation agreement can include things such as:
The agreement can be tailor made to suit your circumstances.
Whilst cohabitation agreements are not legally binding, they are likely to be upheld by the courts if both of you have been honest and open about your finances and assets and the agreement has been prepared in the proper manner.
If you would like to discuss an issue with one of our family law solicitors, please contact us and one of our specialist team will be happy to advise you.