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If you currently live with your partner or plan to cohabit yet are unmarried, our expert cohabitation solicitors can help you to draw up a cohabitation agreement to define each party’s financial responsibilities.

Cohabitation agreements are a straightforward way to plan the financial arrangements in the relationship, helping you to avoid future issues and disputes. Our specialist lawyers can support cohabiting couples to protect their assets, using a clear, formal arrangement, affording both parties peace of mind.

Such agreements can include a wide range of issues, for example:

  • Establishing how your shared bank account will be used
  • Determining how both will contribute to the rent or mortgage
  • How bills will be divided
  • How any debts incurred will be split
  • Financial rights concerning pensions and life insurance
  • Paying for the deposit on joint property
  • Ownership of pets

Speak to Our Cohabitation Solicitors in Canterbury Today

To get in touch with our cohabitation solicitors in Canterbury, please call us on 01227 813400, email enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk or fill in our simple online enquiry form on the right hand side of the page to request a call back.

Why Work with Our Cohabitation Solicitors in Canterbury?

Our cohabitation solicitors are dedicated to supporting cohabiting couples to draft the perfect living together agreements to reflect their needs. We appreciate that sensitive issues can arise when making financial agreements of this nature and that many people are concerned about causing tension with their partner. Rest assured, our specialist solicitors can empathetically guide you through the process, offering practical ideas and assisting you in negotiating without stress.

Our Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors Approach

At Gardner Croft, we attentively listen to the requirements and concerns of every client, resolving any issues and striving to find practical solutions.

Our cohabitation agreement solicitors can provide you with:

  • Independent advice about all of your plausible options so that you can be sure that you are making smart decisions.
  • Expert assistance from solicitors with ample experience and specialist accreditations.
  • Individually crafted solutions, appreciating the diverse needs of every cohabiting couple.

We appreciate that sharing your finances as an unmarried couple may feel a little daunting and that many individuals want to protect their rights but are unsure of how to do so. Our expert solicitors can educate clients on the legal rights of cohabiting couples so that all parties understand their position and know what to expect.

Our Cohabitation Expertise

Our cohabitation lawyers can assist couples in determining the ownership of personal and joint assets, which may include property, rent or mortgage, savings, bank accounts and pensions. Such agreements may also cover debts and assets such as vehicles or household furniture. We can support cohabitating couples in various ways, including:

Legal Advice about Cohabitation

When an unmarried couple starts living together and sharing their finances, it is advisable that both parties seek independent legal advice. Our solicitors can answer any queries and concerns couples have about living together agreements and to consider the personal assets that they’d like to protect.

The legal rights of cohabiting couples are not always clear or straightforward, yet receiving specialist legal assistance allows couples the opportunity to protect their existing and future interests. As well as cohabitation agreements, we can offer advice on the different legal issues that affect cohabitating couples, including:

  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Cohabitating couples and Wills

Drafting a Cohabitation Agreement

Our cohabitation agreement solicitors will start off by assisting you in reviewing your assets and your needs and then support you in drafting a cohabitation agreement that reflects your priorities and financial preferences. There are various key points we can help you to review, including:

  • If the couple owns a joint property, both partners should agree on what should happen to the property if they were to separate.
  • If one member of the couple owns a property and the other partner starts to make contributions to the mortgage, the contributing partner may be entitled to a share of the property in the future.
  • Negotiating who will contribute what portion of household bills, rent or mortgage payments, and other financial responsibilities.

It’s advisable to put a cohabiting agreement in place before you move in with a new partner. However, if you are already cohabiting, our family law solicitors can help you to create a living arrangements agreement swiftly and efficiently.

Adjustments to a Cohabitation Agreement

If you have a cohabitation agreement, you may need to review the terms if you experience any significant lifestyle changes. For example, if you have a child, one party’s financial situation considerably shifts.

Our expert lawyers can assist you if you need to make any adjustments to your cohabitation agreement to reflect your changed situation. Unless you make the necessary updates to your cohabitation agreement, you could put yourself in a financially risky situation that may impact your future should you separate from your partner.

Support with Cohabitation Disputes

When unmarried couples choose to separate, it is not unusual for there to be disputes over the terms of the living arrangement agreement. Under these circumstances, our specialist solicitors can support couples in assessing the terms of the agreement and assist you in resolving disputes using meditation processes. Our expert solicitors will attempt to resolve disagreements without a court hearing and offer court representation when it is not possible to do so.

Our Cohabitation Solicitor Fees

Our cohabitation lawyers at Gardner Croft appreciate that our clients need transparent fees from the beginning. We start off by reviewing the specifics of your situation and use this information to provide a breakdown of your costs, depending on the complexity of your financial situation and the level of service you require.

To get an accurate estimate of your cohabitation agreement fees, get in touch with our family law solicitors today.

Cohabitation Agreement Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Need a Solicitor for a Cohabitation Agreement?

Couples can write their own cohabitation agreements if they wish. However, it is not advisable that they do so without the support of a solicitor. Creating a cohabitation agreement without the assistance of a lawyer means that a couple could be entering into an agreement which does not serve them or reflect their needs.

Are Cohabitation Agreements Legally Binding?

Cohabitation agreements are a type of contract and can be considered by a court if a separating couple are having financial disputes. Regardless, how far the agreement is referenced in court depends on the conditions under which it was made. For instance, the agreement is more likely to be considered by a court if both parties have sorted out legal assistance and if both individuals have fully disclosed their financial situation prior to making the agreement.

What Are the Benefits of a Cohabitation Agreement?

Having a well-drafted cohabitation agreement in place is useful for establishing each individual’s rights and obligations to property and assets. The document can potentially lessen the chances of future disagreements or expensive litigation. A living together agreement can support couples in arranging their financial affairs to avoid financial setbacks if the relationship breaks down.

What Are a Cohabitee’s Legal Rights If Their Partner Passes Away?

If one of the cohabiting partners dies without a Will, the living partner will not inherit any assets automatically unless the couple owned a joint property. For this reason, it’s important that unmarried couples draft a Will if they’d like to leave property, assets or money to their partner.

Speak to Our Cohabitation Solicitors in Canterbury Today

To get in touch with our cohabitation solicitors in Canterbury, please call us on 01227 813400, email enquiries@gardnercroft.co.uk or fill in our simple online enquiry form on the right hand side of the page to request a call back.