A Cohabitation or Living Together Agreement

Many couples choose to live together without getting married. During the course of living together you may make joint purchases, have children or take ownership of pets.

How can a Cohabitation Agreement help me whilst I am living with my partner?

A cohabiting couple can enter into an agreement setting out arrangements which will apply while they are living together. This can be very helpful in establishing expectations and boundaries in the relationship.

How can a Cohabitation Agreement help me if I split up with my partner? 

A Cohabitation Agreement will establish your rights should the relationship breakdown.  These can be especially important in helping avoid lengthy and expensive Court proceedings at a later date regarding issues such as who is entitled to what share in a property.

What is covered by a Cohabitation Agreement?

Some examples of issues that can usefully be covered by a cohabitation agreement include:

  • Finances, for example how to divide bills and resolve ownership of joint accounts
  • Ownership of property and assets, such as the house and cars
  • Who takes financial responsibility for maintaining the children and whose surname they take

Is the Cohabitation Agreement legally binding?

Whilst not legally binding, the Court will take a Cohabitation Agreement into consideration in making their decisions should a dispute arise.

Will my information be kept confidential?

All of your information will be kept confidentially, in our highly secure files. Only your appointed divorce solicitor and his/her immediate support colleagues will have access to your files. We are bound by the codes of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, which ensures that we up hold the highest standards of client confidentiality and client care.

Do I need to complete the form in one go?

Should you wish to complete the form in stages, over a period of time, all the information that you complete will be saved for you, so that you can return to the form at any point.

What do I need to do when you return my legal forms to me?

We will provide you with a step by step guide for what you need to do next.

Is there anything else I need to know before I purchase the form?

No, you are now ready to go, but don’t forget, if at any point whilst you are completing the form you need to ask a question, our friendly, experienced and qualified solicitors will be on hand at the end of the telephone to advise.