Living Together Agreements

The position of cohabitants is much more easily protected than in the event of marriage.

It is possible to have a cohabitation agreement which can set out exactly what you want to achieve in terms of entitlements and protecting assets. When parties are married the law allows the court to adjust property rights on divorce but when parties live together the law can only determine who owns the property and in what shares. This is based upon the title deeds and any other documentation. It can also be based on contributions and intentions. It is contributions and intentions which is the biggest source of litigation between cohabiting couples as they often forget what these were once a relationship breaks down.

Therefore having an agreement can be an effective way of showing what intention was and what contributions were expected. The usual items included in a deed are: