Cohabitation Agreements

Professional, specialist legal advice for cohabiting couples

If you are unmarried but plan on living with your partner, you may wish to put a cohabitation agreement in place to protect your financial and property rights. By contacting us today, our family law team can help you draw up an agreement and help you to understand what can be a complex area of law.

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Cohabitation agreement UKWhat about 'Common Law Marriage'?

Many cohabiting couples believe that common law marriage exists if they have lived together for long enough, but this is simply not the case. It does not matter how long you have lived with your partner, if you are not married you do not have the same legal rights. Common law marriage does not exist in UK law. This is why it is important to contact a professional so that you can ensure that should anything happen to you or your partner, you are both protected.

When Should I Make a Cohabitation Agreement?

If you are considering moving into together, you should consider whether you should enter into a cohabitation agreement. By creating such an agreement, it will ensure that any decisions that you wish to make concerning assets that you own, either jointly or solely, are set out so that you have a mutual understanding as to which assets you are entitled to or responsible for, during the time that you are together and in the event that the cohabitation ends.

What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

Areas that can be covered in an agreement include the following:

  • Individual ownership of property, including cars, houses etc.
  • Joint ownership of property, especially the family home
  • Mortgage contributions
  • Household bill payments
  • Details of joint and individual bank accounts
  • Financial arrangements relating to any children of the relationship
  • Life insurance and death in service benefits
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Inheritances and gifts
  • Wills

Cohabitation agreements follow contract law, so they are more likely to be regarded as legally binding if they are only kept to these kinds of matters.

Our Family Law Specialists

Clare Peckett, Director & Family Law Solicitor

Clare Peckett

Director & Solicitor

Allan Layfield, Director & Family Law Solicitor

Allan Layfield

Director, Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Toby Netting, Family Law Solicitor, Switalskis

Toby Netting

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Alison Kitchman, Family Law Solicitor

Alison Kitchman

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Andrew Baines, Family Mediator

Andrew Baines

Solicitor & Family Mediator

Louise Ryder Family Solicitor Switalskis

Louise Ryder


Chris Preston, Consultant Family Law Solicitor, Switalskis

Chris Preston

Consultant Solicitor

Judith Glynn, Consultant Family Solicitor - Switalskis

Judith Glynn

Consultant Solicitor

Sharron Hardman Solicitor - Family Law - Switalskis

Sharron Hardman

Solicitor & Collaborative Lawyer

Samantha Downes


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Maariyah Badat

Trainee Solicitor

How can Switalskis help me?

Our family law experts have experience in a variety of cohabitation cases and understand that everyone’s requirements are unique. We will help to draw up your specific requirements.

To contact one of our lawyers today, call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website and we will call you back.

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