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Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors: Cohabitation & Living Together Agreements

 

Our Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors offer specialist advice to unmarried couples about establishing their rights within the law on matters relating to assets and children.

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document which allows unmarried couples who live together to establish legal rights about how assets would be shared and 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 the Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors at Lanyon Bowdler

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.

Please give us a call for a friendly, confidential, chat about how we can help support you when you or your family need legal advice and representation. Please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form on the right hand side of this page.

By choosing Lanyon Bowdler for family law legal advice, you can rest assured that you have the best legal expertise on hand no matter what the situation. We are committed to providing exceptional levels of client care and will work closely and considerately with you to help find the best outcomes. Our team has great experience in all areas of family law and family mediation, including cohabitation agreements.

We have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Conwy, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry and Telford, so are able to act for clients all over Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales and across the Midlands (including Wolverhampton & Birmingham). As a leading UK full-service law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in the UK.

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Everything from start to finish made me feel they always had my best interests.

- Mrs D Manser

The professionalism of the service received and the expert knowledge of the solicitor who handled my case.

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I always felt you were working in my best interests, but you didn't sugar coat or patronise me. My case was complex and I appreciated the professionalism shown and how the legal system "worked"

- Mrs J Bradford, Stafford

He was great, he listened and suggested the best course of action - thank you.

- Mr T Graves, Shrewsbury

Everything was first class

- Miss Evans, Oswestry

Excellent staff in all respects. The process was clear, well managed and avoided unnecessary stresses or delays. The meetings were as focused and efficient as possible and costs were kept to a minimum throughout.

- Ms D Greaves, Hereford

The professionalism of the service received and the expert knowledge of the solicitor who handled my case.

- Mr K Whitelaw, Wolverhampton

Everything from start to finish made me feel they always had my best interests.

- Mrs D Manser