Cohabitation Agreements Cohabitation is when two people in a relationship live together without being married. UK Law refers to couples who live together as cohabitees.
Cohabiting couple families is the fastest growing family type in the UK. Many couples believe that by living together for a long period of time they become ‘common law’ husband and wife, however, there is no such legal status in the UK.
Cohabiting couples have very little protection on the breakdown of their relationship.
What Is A Cohabitation Agreement? A Cohabitation or Living Together Agreement can set out who owns what and in what proportion. This agreement also lets you document how you will split your property, its contents, personal belongings, savings and other assets should the relationship break down. It can also cover how you will support your children, over and above any legal requirements to maintain them, as well as how you would deal with bank accounts, debts, and joint purchases such as a car.
The agreement can also be used to set out how you and your partner will manage your day-to-day finances whilst you are living together. This can include how much each of you contributes to the rent or the mortgage and any bills.
We can advise and draft the agreement on your behalf before it is sent to your partner for approval.