Cohabitation is an arrangement where two people who are not married live together in an emotionally and/or intimate relationship on a long-term or permanent basis.
The law surrounding cohabitation is extremely complex and it is important that you understand the legal implications, particularly if you are considering buying a house or having children together.
Cohabitation usually refers to unmarried couples who live together, on a long term or permanent basis, without formally registering their relationship as a marriage.
The law relating to cohabiting couples is completely different to law for married couples. A cohabitation agreement can help regulate and define what is to happen if the relationship does break down. It also helps to provide certainty and regulate any financial contributions that either party may make during the relationship.
Whether you have a long or short-term relationship, buying a property together is an important step.
The ownership of any property must be recorded correctly so that if your relationship breaks down, you both get back the money that you intended. As the law is so different for unmarried couples, it is important that you understand the financial claims that can be made and those that can be lost. It is also important to understand how children might affect the situation in the event that a relationship breaks down.
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