Cohabitation refers to any couple choosing to live together without having entered into Marriage or a Civil Partnership.
Couples who choose to live in this way forgo the benefits of matrimonial legislation.
Make Sure You Know the Facts
Many myths surround Co-habitation laws. Make sure you have all the facts:
- Couples living together for a period of time do not qualify as a married couple
- If the relationship breaks down, the named resident cannot claim for maintenance payments from the non-named resident.
- Non-named residents cannot stake a claim to the house on the basis that they have paid utility bills or spent money and time decorating the property.
A watertight Cohabitation Agreement will ultimately help to prevent potentially lengthy court proceedings, saving you time and money.
Advantages of a Cohabitation Agreement
An expert Cohabitation Agreement from PMC Family Law may help you in your transitional period. Advantages include making well informed intelligent provisions for a host of wide ranging issues, such as:
- Division of property
- Handling outstanding debt
- Settling any joint bank accounts
- Outlining child support payments
- Settling ownership of items bought during the relationship (e.g. car, furniture)
You may also wish to nominate the other person as a beneficiary of your pension.
Each cohabitation agreement is unique – PMC Family Law are here to listen to your specific requirements and make sure your best interests are fully protected.