Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation Agreement Lawyer Cheshire, Manchester, Altrincham, Lymm, Knutsford & Wilmslow

If you need advice about cohabitation agreements, I can help.

Where you and your partner are not married, it is important that you are aware of your rights in the event of a breakdown of the relationship. Unmarried couples do not have the same rights on relationship breakdown as married couples, so it is important that you take steps to safeguard your finances and personal interests before cohabiting.

I have assisted many couples in setting out their position should the relationship breakdown, and also provide advice to individuals where they have no cohabitation agreement in place. Whilst no one likes to think about their relationship failing, entering into a cohabitation agreement can help both parties have peace of mind that should the worst happen, they have an agreement in place to help see them through.

To discuss your specific circumstances and find out how I can help, call me today on 07917 711887 and I will get back to you right away. I look forward to assisting you.

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document which sets out the intentions of two parties who plan to live together. The agreement will detail what will happen to the couple’s property and finances should the relationship breakdown and allow both parties peace of mind moving forward. It may cover things that each party is responsible for during the relationship too

What Can Be Included in a Cohabitation Agreement?

There are several things you may need to consider before you move in with a partner, a cohabitation agreement is an excellent opportunity to discuss how things will work when you live together, as well as a way to ensure you are both on the same page.

A cohabitation agreement may cover:

  • Responsibility for a mortgage, paying rent and paying household bills
  • What happens to finances such as joint bank accounts or pensions
  • What happens to property that was purchased before living together or property that is co-owned
  • Child arrangements
  • Pet arrangements
  • Wills

You may not need to cover all these areas in your cohabitation agreement, and I will discuss each of these with you clearly and concisely to ensure that your agreement accurately reflects your intentions.

It is essential to seek proper family law advice to ensure that your wealth is protected and that everyone knows where they stand in the event of the relationship failing.

Some unmarried couples labour under a misapprehension they have legal rights because they are a ‘common law’ husband or wife. The outcome of a relationship breakdown is very different to a marriage breakdown. The rights that both parties have are often confined to property law and Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Therefore, it is advisable to seek professional legal advice.

Contact Lindsay Jones Specialist Cohabitation Solicitor Cheshire, Manchester, Altrincham, Lymm, Knutsford & Wilmslow Today

If you are living with your partner or planning to live with a partner and want to protect your interests, I can help. I have many years of experience in working with clients from a broad range of backgrounds and can ensure that you can move forward with your relationship with confidence.

For expert family law advice on cohabitation, please complete the online contact form or telephone 0161 710 2030 or 0161 509 6338 out of working hours.

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