Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors

Cohabitation Agreement Solicitors

For a brighter future

If you’re looking to set up a cohabitation agreement, we specialise in assisting people and couples like you in creating thorough, legally sturdy cohabitation agreements that provide clarity, financial security and peace of mind.

With years of experience in UK cohabitation law, our cohabitation agreement solicitors bring a level of expertise that you can truly rely on. We take a unique approach to each case, offering tailor-made solutions that fit your particular needs and circumstances. And because we understand that law can be confusing, we use plain English, making sure that you understand every step of the process.

The types of family law

Family law issues can vary in complexity and emotional toll, each having its own set of rules, challenges and things to think about. At Switalskis, we have the know-how to help you navigate a wide spectrum of family law matters. To give you an idea, here's a rundown of the different types of family law issues we can assist you with:

For a consultation or to ask any questions, call us on 0800 138 0458. Alternatively, you can contact us through the website.

How Switalskis can help you

Steering your way through the intricacies of cohabitation agreements can seem like a complex maze. As expert cohabitation agreement solicitors, Switalskis brings not only legal know-how but also genuine understanding to your individual circumstances.

Our team of cohabitation agreement lawyers will guide you, one step at a time, helping you understand your rights as well as your partner's. Because every relationship is different, your cohabitation agreement should be as well. We focus on crafting a tailored plan that directly addresses your particular needs and questions.

Worried about the cost of a cohabitation agreement? We offer transparent, upfront pricing to make sure there are no unexpected developments down the line.

Many of our family solicitors are members of Resolution, a leading organisation of specialist family lawyers. This membership assures you that the advice and support you receive will be constructive, professional and in line with the latest best practices. With accredited expertise in financial matters related to cohabiting couples, we're here to offer you all the guidance you need in drawing up a comprehensive cohabitation agreement.

What is common law marriage?

Cohabiting couples may believe that common law marriage exists if they’ve lived together for long enough, but this is simply not the case. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived with your partner, if you’re not married you don’t have the same legal rights. Common law marriage doesn’t exist in UK law. This is why it’s important to contact a professional so that you can make sure that should anything happen to you or your partner, you are both protected.

What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legal document that outlines the financial and property-related arrangements between two people who live together but aren't married or in a civil partnership. It's a bit like a prenup, but tailored for those who are cohabiting. While marriage offers its own set of legal protections, cohabitation doesn't automatically give you the same rights, even if you've been living together for a long time.

When should I make a cohabitation agreement?

Whether you’re considering moving in together or are already cohabiting, you should consider whether you should enter into a cohabitation agreement. By creating such an agreement, it will make sure 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 included in a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a bit like a guidebook for your life together. It outlines what you both agree will happen with things like money, property and even pets if you ever decide to part ways or if one of you faces difficult times. Let's break down the main points usually covered:

  • Property ownership: who owns what, and in what proportion? This includes your home, cars and any other big-ticket items you might purchase together.
  • Money matters: how will you split bills, rent and other expenses? Also, if one of you earns more, will there be any financial support for the other?
  • Debts: if one or both of you have debts, or if you accrue debts together, how will they be handled?
  • Savings and investments: if you plan to save money or invest together, this part of the agreement sets out how it's managed and divided if needed.
  • Children: while cohabitation agreements can't determine child custody, they can outline financial arrangements for your children, like setting aside savings for their education.
  • Pets: who gets to keep the dog or cat? It might seem minor now, but it can become a major point of contention.
  • Household duties: this isn't always included, but some couples like to outline who's responsible for what around the house.
  • End of relationship: what steps should be taken if you decide to break up? This can include how you'll divide assets and whether one of you will need to move out.
  • Changes to the agreement: you might want to include how and when you'll review the agreement to make sure it still fits your needs.
  • Other personal wishes: every relationship is different, so you might have specific things you want to include, from family heirlooms to holiday homes.

Thinking about drafting a cohabitation agreement can feel awkward, but it's a practical step to make sure both parties are clear on what to expect from each other. At Switalskis, we're experts at helping you navigate this often complicated process. If you have more questions, we're just a call away.

Why is a cohabitation agreement important?

When you're deeply involved in a relationship, sharing a home and possibly even children, the last thing on your mind is what would happen if you split. Yet, if that does happen, a well-drafted cohabitation agreement can prevent a lot of heartache and financial hardship. It outlines how assets like property, savings and even debts are divided, and can specify arrangements for children (though it can't enforce child arrangements - that's a separate legal matter).

Do I need a lawyer for a cohabitation agreement?

You might wonder if you need a cohabitation agreement solicitor to create this document. While it's technically possible to draft one without a solicitor, having legal expertise makes sure that your agreement is comprehensive and compliant with English law. Think of it as an insurance policy for your shared life. At Switalskis, our cohabitation agreement lawyers are well-versed in the law on cohabitation and can guide you through each step, making the process easier than you'd imagine.

For a consultation or to ask any questions, call us on 0800 138 0458. Alternatively, you can contact us through the website.

Our Cohabitation Agreement Team

Clare PeckettDirector and Solicitor
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Allan LayfieldDirector and Solicitor
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Toby NettingDirector and Solicitor
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Why Switalskis?

Navigating the waters of cohabitation can be complex, but we're here to offer a helping hand. Switalskis provides clear, straightforward advice to make sure you're protected, now and in the future.

Clarity in complexity

We understand that cohabitation agreements can seem complicated and intimidating. Our cohabitation agreement solicitors specialise in breaking down the legal jargon into plain English. We'll guide you through the process step by step, making sure you understand each element of your agreement, from property rights to financial responsibilities and beyond.

Empathy at every step

We care about your peace of mind. That’s why our cohabitation agreement lawyers aren’t just experts in law but also trained to approach every situation with empathy and understanding. We listen closely to your concerns and tailor our services to meet your unique needs.

Expertise you can trust

Our track record speaks volumes, and we pride ourselves on delivering expert, dependable advice. When it comes to cohabitation agreement lawyers, our team has years of experience under their belt, making them well-equipped to handle even the most complex of situations.

Championing your rights

We don't just draft agreements; we advocate for your best interests. Our focus is on crafting a cohabitation agreement that protects your rights and sets the foundation for a secure future. Whether you’re just moving in together or have been cohabiting for years, it’s never too late to put legal safeguards in place.

Find out how Switalskis can help you

If you’re looking to safeguard your future and protect your relationship, speak with our dedicated cohabitation agreement solicitors today to get personalised, practical advice tailored to your situation.

Call us now on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website to schedule your consultation.

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