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Digby Brown Family Law
For couple, moving in together can be an exciting time and one which represents a significant new stage in a relationship. Moving in together can mean one person moving into their partner’s home, or a couple renting or buying a new home together.
Increasing numbers of couples are taking this step and living together, with many cohabitating on a long-term basis without entering into either marriage or a civil partnership. A cohabitation agreement can be a sensible or indeed essential step, to identifying, protecting and regulating financial assets held individually or jointly over the course of the relationship.
A cohabitation agreement is a legal document which outlines property rights and the financial arrangements which will apply if the relationship should break down.
In practical terms a cohabitation agreement is similar to a pre-nuptial agreement and can cover a range of monies and assets. For a couple committing to live together, a cohabitation agreement may be desirable for a number of reasons; for example, if a couple buy a house together but one partner contributes more to the deposit. Having an agreement in place when cohabitation begins can anticipate and regulate these issues and provide peace of mind in case the relationship does end.
As with pre-nuptial agreements, the circumstances of every relationship are different and there are a number of reasons why a cohabitation agreement may be appropriate for you and your relationship.
Our experienced family law solicitors can discuss your situation with you and give you guidance and advice, with no obligation to continue with the process if it is not appropriate for your circumstances.
Please call one of our specialist cohabitation agreement solicitors on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly.
Divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership can be a stressful and emotional experience.
We will provide help and guidance tailored to your circumstances about how you may wish to deal with the challenges ahead.
The collaborative process recognises that a painful, high conflict divorce can have long-term damaging repercussions for you, your family and wider friends.
Collaborative law steers you away from court.
A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that can protect your interests and assets before you enter into a marriage or into a civil partnership so that, in the event of a divorce, the agreement can be used to help settle any future disputes over who is entitled to what.
Moving in together can be an exciting time. As more and more couples take this step, a cohabitation agreement can be essential to protect assets and regulate who pays for what over the course of the relationship.
The legal position is often much less clear cut than divorce and strict time limits apply to bringing any claim arising from the end of a cohabiting relationship, so it is important to get legal advice at the earliest possible stage.
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