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A Living Together Agreement (also known as a cohabitation agreement) is essential for couples who are not married, and do not wish to marry, but share financial resources.  There is no such thing as a common law husband and wife.  There is no law protecting separating cohabitee partners, so signing a living together agreement will lessen worry and help to avoid court proceedings.

A couple can enter into a living together agreement at any time in their relationship, and it helps to manage their money matters, giving peace of mind.  It should be considered a strength in a relationship, because it will clarify who pays the bills and how they are paid, and takes into account the sharing of future assets and liabilities.

Whilst there is a temptation to prepare an online template, it may not cover everything that is required.  In the event of a dispute, an agreement is likely to be upheld if both parties have had independent legal advice.

A cohabitation agreement allows couples to consider their change of circumstances and may be appropriate if:

  • Children are born
  • There is a change in their own financial circumstances
  • There is a change in their health
  • One of them becomes unemployed or redundant

As there is no recognition of cohabitees in law, a couple may instead choose to enter a civil partnership.

Couples who own a home together should also consider a Declaration of Trust.  A declaration of trust sets out what share each has in a property, having regard to their initial contributions and ongoing payments.  Couples should also consider making a Will, if a property is owned by them jointly.

If you are moving in with your partner, or are already living together, contact us to get more advice.

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