Cohabitation Agreements

Unmarried couples who live together do not have the same legal rights as couples who are married or in a civil partnership. This can lead to complications and injustice in the eyes of many when a cohabiting couple splits or if one partner dies. By drawing up a cohabitation agreement, you and your partner can outline what will happen to your assets and children should the relationship come to an end.

Our family solicitors are highly experienced in providing expert legal advice to cohabiting couples who want to gain new legal rights through a cohabitation agreement, so you can be sure you will be in safe hands with us. By drawing up a cohabitation agreement with our solicitors, you and your partner can gain peace of mind that your assets are protected in the event of anything unexpected happening.

If you would like some free legal advice on your rights as a cohabiting couple, call the expert team at PDA Law on 01244 373 373.

Cohabitation agreements

In order to avoid a host of problems should you and your partner split, you should protect yourself with a cohabitation agreement. Such an agreement means that your relationship is legally recognised, ensuring you and your partner will have specific legal rights in the event your relationship comes to an end. This will remove uncertainty and worry should you and your partner decide to part ways in the future.

A cohabitation agreement covers essential items such as:

  • Who pays the mortgage (or rent) and bills if your relationship ends
  • Details of any debt owed to either partner and how it should be repaid
  • What happens to your property after splitting
  • Who has custody of your children


Once a cohabitation agreement has been written up and signed by both parties, the agreement is recognised as a legal contract to which both parties must adhere in the event of their relationship coming to an end.

Property disputes between cohabiting couples

The most common cohabitation disputes involve the ownership of property after a relationship has ended. This is usually because one partner legally owns the property rather than both parties sharing ownership. If your partner has legal ownership of your home, you do not have any rights if you split up.

It it always advised that an unmarried couple purchase property jointly. If the property is in both partner’s names, then they will have equal rights when it comes to any future property disputes.

If you are embroiled in a property dispute of this kind, get in touch today and our specialist solicitors will be able to provide you with personalised legal advice.

Why PDA Law?

A cohabitation agreement should be written up professionally, with no room for mistakes. PDA Law is highly experienced in this area, helping you draw up an agreement quickly and efficiently. Need help putting together a cohabitation agreement? Get in touch today.

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If you would like more information on how you can legally protect yourself as part of a cohabiting couple, call our expert family lawyers today on 01244 373 373.