Family Law

Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors

What is a cohabitation agreement? It’s a legal document which allows unmarried couples who live together to establish their rights within the law, such as how assets are shared or how children will be provided for if the relationship breaks down.

The family law solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler are specialists in drafting cohabitation agreements and can guide you through the process from start to finish. 

THE MYTH OF COMMON LAW MARRIAGE

There is a common misconception that couples living together have the same legal rights as married couples, often referred to as “common law marriage”. In actual fact, common law marriage ceased to exist as a legal term in 1753 - more than 250 years ago!

That means there are thousands of couples living together in the UK who have no legal right to a share of their partner’s assets. They also have no responsibility for acting as next of kin, no inheritance rights and no legal agreement about the division of child maintenance or shared assets if they separate.

DRAFTING YOUR COHABITATION AGREEMENT

As with many legal documents, drafting a cohabitation agreement can be complex and confusing so it’s essential to talk to a specialist solicitor at the outset. The agreement can actually be quite informal in nature and putting it together needn’t be too onerous, but it’s important to get it right.

A cohabitation agreement can cover a whole range of topics, typically including:

  • Income: such as whether you and your partner place your income into a joint bank account.
  • Inheritance and wills: do you want to include your partner in your will?
  • Children: if you have children, how will you provide for them if you separate?
  • Property: how will you divide the property acquired during your relationship, and any property you each acquired before your relationship, should your relationship end?
  • Duration: how long would you like the agreement to last?

We understand that drafting a cohabitation agreement can be seen by some couples as somewhat daunting and rather unromantic. Our family law solicitors are very experienced and work in an approachable, sensitive way, to ensure that the process is as hassle-free as possible.

CONTACT LANYON BOWDLER SOLICITORS

If you have any questions about cohabitation agreement law, please get in touch with the team who will happily discuss how we can help.

Lanyon Bowdler was one of the first law firms in the area to introduce a range of flexible pricing options, such as fixed fees and service level guarantees, because we feel it’s important to be open and transparent about how much our services will cost.

Give us a call on 0800 464 0086 or complete our online enquiry form, to see how we can help. We have offices in Telford, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ludlow, Bromyard and Hereford so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands.

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