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Home | Family & Adoption | Why two people who intend to live together should consider a cohabitation agreement

Why two people who intend to live together should consider a cohabitation agreement

A cohabitation agreement (cohab agreement) is a legal document between unmarried couples who live together. It sets out arrangements for existing assets, finances and children in the event of separation.

Reasons for a cohabitation agreement

Many couples now choose to live together before they get married or enter a civil partnership. However, cohabiting does not offer the same legal protection as marriage or civil partnership.

Therefore having a cohabitation agreement (and a will) helps protect both parties in the event that one of you becomes seriously ill, dies or you separate.

An agreement brings much needed peace of mind and ensures both parties:

Cohab agreements can also be arranged between people who are not romantically involved, such as siblings or friends.

If you are currently cohabiting with a partner or intend to in the near future, speak to a member of our team about setting up a legally binding agreement. Our wills and estates team would also be happy to discuss this further with you.

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