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