Cohabitation agreements—client guide
Cohabitation agreements—client guide

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  • Cohabitation agreements—client guide

This document provides general guidance regarding cohabitation agreements. It explains what a cohabitation agreement is, why you might want to make one, and the sorts of things you might want to put into it. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.

What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a written, signed document, often signed as a deed in front of witnesses. It will generally deal with three principal areas:

  1. who owns (and owes) what at the time of the agreement, and in what proportions

  2. what financial arrangements you have decided to make while you are living together, and

  3. how property, assets and income should be divided if you should split up

Where the agreement is properly drawn up, the terms are reasonable, and each of you has had separate, independent legal advice on its effect, a court is more likely to uphold the agreement in the event of a dispute. It can also be prudent to include provisions that address potential future events, eg the needs of any future children.

When should I make a cohabitation agreement?

You can make a cohabitation agreement at any time, whether you are about to start living together or if you have been doing so for many years. Your family lawyer can help you negotiate this agreement and can write it down in a

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