Cohabiting couples do not have the same legal protection as married couples, but a cohabitation agreement can offer some protection.
A cohabitation agreement allows couples living together to agree their financial commitments and obligations to each other, to avoid disputes later down the line.
With more people than ever now choosing to cohabit, the lack of legal protection for cohabiting couples can make breakups fraught and messy.
To avoid stressful disputes, many cohabiting couples are now choosing to create a legal cohabitation agreement, to iron out the details about what would happen in the event of a relationship breakdown.
A cohabitation agreement gives couples the opportunity to discuss who owns what, how property and assets should be split, and how children will be supported, should they decide to part ways in the future.
Creating an agreement in advance usually results in fair and realistic decisions being made, which isn’t always the case in the midst of a relationship breakdown.
are a few things that you should sit down and discuss in detail before creating a cohabitation agreement.
Whilst you’re cohabiting:
- Who owns what?
- How will bills and living expenses be covered?
In the event of a separation:
- How will your possessions and assets be divided?
- How will property be divided?
- Where would children live?
- How will children be financially supported?
- How would money in joint accounts be split?
- How would overdrafts and debt be split?
- Who owns each vehicle?
For a cohabitation to be legally binding, you will each need to be able to confirm that you have received independent legal advice and entered into the agreement voluntarily.
For help and advice with a cohabitation dispute or creating an agreement, get in touch with our team of specialists here at Lund Bennett Law by giving us a call on 0161 927 3118.