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Cohabitation

Although there is no legal definition of living together, it generally means to live together as a couple without being married.

We frequently encounter the belief amongst couples that the concept of common-law spouse exists. It does not!

For this reason, we can help you formalise aspects of your status with a partner by drawing up a legal agreement called a cohabitation contract or living together agreement. It is not clear whether living together agreements are legally enforceable but they can be useful to remind a couple of their original intentions. In practice, instead of a living together agreement, or as well as, it's possible to make a series of legally enforceable agreements on specific matters, for example, how a jointly-owned house is shared, with a declaration of trust.

We also deal with the separation of unmarried couples and resolving their financial issues and matters arising with children.

If you are considering a separation, you will need our help.

When it comes to talking about cohabitation, we are good listeners, so let's talk.