If you decide that marriage or a civil partnership is not the path for you and your partner, you may opt instead to cohabit. This is where you choose to live together as a couple but you do not enter into a legally binding agreement.
Unfortunately, cohabitation offers very little legal protection for your rights. If you separate from your partner, you will not be able to make any financial claims against them such as their pension or income. However, you may have a valid claim in relation to the family home even if it is not held in joint names, as long as you can prove that you have a beneficial interest in the property. If this affects you, please contact our specialist family department to discuss your situation.
In order to avoid these difficulties, we recommend that you enter into a Cohabitation Agreement. It can include terms that relate to how the relationship is to work, the contributions to property both now and in the future and what is to happen if you decide to separate. The agreement will be tailored to your needs and wishes to ensure that both you and your partner know what is expected should your relationship come to an end and will protect your assets.
Our specialist solicitors are able to assist in the drafting of a cohabitation agreement that will reflect your wishes. It will enable you to continue to live together with additional legal protection.
We are able to advise you and give you peace of mind in a situation where the law does not offer protection.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor will ensure your agreement is legally binding.
- They will be able to negotiate and mediate where required.
- A solicitor can advise you on the legal aspects of a cohabitation agreement.
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- Our specialist solicitors have a vast amount of experience in drafting cohabitation agreements that reflect your wishes.
- We will always have your best interests as our main priority.
- We are understanding solicitors who will listen and implement your requirements.
We are here to help
If you are unsure about your rights in relation to the family home or wish to have a cohabitation agreement, please contact our specialist family team to discuss your options.