Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation Agreements

It is now more common than ever for couples to live together without being married. However, unmarried couples have restricted legal rights, which can cause complications in the event that the relationship breaks down. This is where a Cohabitation Agreement can prove invaluable.

Many people believe the misconception that couples who live together will receive equal rights to couples who live in a martial home. This idea of a ‘common law marriage’ is nothing more than a myth.

Signing a Cohabitation Agreement (also referred to as a Living Together Agreement) can ensure that you have the correct provisions in place with your partner if you are to separate, as well as detailing how both cohabitees will contribute towards household costs while cohabiting.

We appreciate that putting a formal agreement in place can be a daunting prospect, so we make sure to provide straightforward advice that allows you to clearly understand your position and what making a cohabitation agreement will mean.

Our team have specialist expertise in various methods of alternative dispute resolution, such as Collaborative Law, which can be used to help resolve any potential disagreements that arise while negotiation the terms of a Cohabitation Agreement.

All of our team are members of Resolution, a network of family law professionals who are committed to promoting constructive approaches to family issues. We also have a specialist accredited member of Resolution as a part of our team.

Please note we do not deal with Legal Aid enquiries for any Family Law work.

To arrange an initial appointment with one of our Cohabitation Agreement solicitors in Hanley, Leek, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, or Sandbach please call 01782 652300 or use the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

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    Our Cohabitation Agreement Expertise

    If you are living together with your partner, it is important that you understand what your legal rights are and whether making a Cohabitation Agreement would be in your best interests.

    Our Cohabitation Agreement solicitors are vastly experienced with all aspects of cohabitation and will be able to provide an object assessment of your circumstances and detail the potential benefits of making an agreement for both you and your partner.

    If you have made the decision that making a Cohabitation Agreement would be right for your current living situation, or is the next step forward in your relationship, it is crucial that you seek expert legal advice during the process.

    When instructed, our Cohabitation Agreement solicitors can take care of the full process, taking stock of everything that needs to be accounted for, including your assets, debts, arrangements for children and how your property is handled.

    When drafting an agreement, our team will take care to ensure that it is reasonable for both parties and will firmly protect your interests if the relationship is to unfortunately break down in the future.

    We never know what life has in store for us. Over time, our circumstances naturally evolve, which means that the Cohabitation Agreement you currently have in place may not be an accurate reflection of your position and could be unfair to you or your partner.

    Our solicitors can advise you on whether your Cohabitation Agreement needs updating and, if so, support you in making the necessary amendments.

    We understand how life-changing an event a separation can be, especially if you have been cohabiting with your partner for a long time. If you already have a Cohabitation Agreement in place, the practical aspects of your separation will be more straightforward, but this does not necessarily mean that there won’t be some bumps in the road.

    Our Cohabitation Agreement solicitors can work with you to ensure that the terms of the agreement are accurately followed.

    Meet Our Dedicated Cohabitation Agreement Team

    “Heather was very informative and thorough, if I didn’t understand anything she kindly explained everything. She has been an amazing help and I want to thank her for everything she has assisted me with.”

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    Get in Touch With our Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors Today

    If you wish to discuss a Cohabitation Agreement further, please get in touch with a member of our expert team today.

    With a dedicated team on hand to take you through every step of the process, you can rest assured that we will provide you with the best chance of achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family.

    Please note we do not deal with Legal Aid enquiries for any Family Law work.

    To arrange an appointment with one of our Cohabitation Agreement solicitors in Hanley, Leek, Newcastle-Under-Lyme or Sandbach, please call 01782 652300 or use the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

    Cohabitation Agreement FAQs

    A Cohabitation Agreement is an agreement which can be entered into by cohabiting partners. It sets out their intentions for their property and assets should the relationship breakdown in the future.

    A Cohabitation Agreement can be personalised to include whatever the cohabiting partners are able to agree on. Typically, they will include arrangements for:

    • Ownership of property
    • Independently or jointly owned assets
    • Independently or jointly owned debts
    • Provisions for children
    • Provisions for pets
    • How bills will be divided

    While a Cohabitation Agreement is not 100% legally binding, if it is correctly drafted and is fair to both parties, it will typically be upheld.

    When a Cohabitation Agreement is ‘correctly drafted’, this means:

    • It is executed as a deed
    • It is signed in the presence of witnesses
    • The full financial position of both parties is disclosed
    • Both parties took independent legal advice

    The cost of making a Cohabitation Agreement will likely vary depending on your individual circumstances.

    This is something we can discuss further during an initial meeting with a member of our team. Initial meetings are prices at £125 + VAT.

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