Cohabitation

The effect of cohabitation

As society has changed it has become more common for parties to live together outside of marriage or a civil partnership.

However, couples living together do not have the same legal rights as a married couple or civil partners. Your position could be severely and irreparably prejudiced in the event the relationship breaks down, or on death, without the terms being recorded.

A cohabitation agreement will regulate the terms upon which you live together and address what happens should the relationship end, for example interests in property, who pays what and for how long, where any children should live and so on.

Cohabitation agreements –  our approach

  • We will look at all the issues that may impact on you and advise how to address these in the most appropriate, sensitive and cost-effective way;
  • We will consider the options, provide you with guidance on living together or helping you to create ‘living together’ agreements. If you are Brighton or South East based we will signpost you to helpful third parties to assist you through the process, such as counselling;
  • We aim to adopt a non-adversarial approach to resolving matters and encourage use of Mediation and the Collaborative Law model;
  • We are issue focused and will look to achieve practical, and cost-effective solutions.
  • We follow the Resolution Code of Practice and Family Law Protocol.

You do not need to be at the end of your relationship for advice to be obtained. The collaborative model may be an ideal forum to agree how you will live together and how assets should be dealt with in the event of separation. Mediation may also be appropriate should your relationship break down and there are unresolved issues.

If you would like an appointment with one of our specialists then please contact Miriam our Practice Manager on 01273 646900