Cohabitation Agreements

All about Cohabitation Agreements

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.

Unlike a Prenuptial Agreement or a Pre-Civil Partnership Agreement, Cohabitation Agreements are usually restricted to financial matters and do not include domestic issues.

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.