A cohabitation agreement is a form of legal agreement reached between a couple who have chosen to live together.
Nobody likes to think about the possibility of a relationship break down, especially when things are going well enough to talk about moving in together, but having this conversation at the outset could help you to avoid costly, complex and upsetting litigation if you decide to separate in years to come.
Many people who are living with their partner believe that they have the same legal protection as married couples. This is not true and the terms common-law spouse or partner do not have any status in English law. This means that if the relationship breaks down, there is no protection regarding your property and any children that you have.
A cohabitation agreement sets out who owns what and in what proportion, allowing you to document how you would split your property, savings and other assets if the relationship was to break down. It can also cover how you will support your children and 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 while you live together, such as how much each contributes to rent or mortgage and bills, and whether you will take out life insurance on each other.
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