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Cohabitation agreements

Lodders’ specialist family law solicitors provide expert advice on cohabitation agreements. Such agreements help cohabiting couples avoid legal disputes if the relationship later breaks down.

Legislation covering cohabitation is piecemeal. It is not as clear or as straightforward as the law covering married parties.

We recommend before cohabiting or purchasing assets or property, couples should seek legal advice. This will clarify rights and responsibilities, and identify how best to resolve future decisions, such as joint debts, or property rights and children.

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Cohabitation agreements team

Meet our Family Law specialists:

Beverley Morris, Family Lawyer, in Birmingham

Beverley Morris


Head of Lodders' Family law team

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Caroline Dresden, Lodders Solicitors, Family Matriominal, Stratford upon Avon

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Legal Director

Family law expert and collaborative lawyer

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Vivienne Middleton


Family law specialist

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Justin Creed, Family Law Solicitor, Lodders Solicitors LLP

Justin Creed

Legal Director

Family law expert and collaborative lawyer

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Baldish Khatkar, Lodders Solicitors, Family Law Lawyer, Birmingham

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Senior Associate

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Cohabitation agreements FAQS

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Not sure that this is the service for you? Take a look at some of our frequently asked questions for more information.

The act of two individuals, often not married and in a relationship, living together in the same household, either long-term or permanently.

The legislation in relation to cohabitation is not as clear or straightforward as divorce law and for this reason, prior to settling down and buying assets or property with someone to whom you are not married, both parties should benefit from legal advice on questions such as:

• What rights will I have in relation to our home and our children?
• How are the bills paid if we split up?
• Am I liable for joint debt?

A Cohabitation Agreement will cover these and other issues and are relatively inexpensive, but sensible steps should be taken, particularly if parties are considering buying property together.

When an unmarried couple are residing or about to reside in the same household and want to establish legal protection of property or assets in the event of a separation.

This allows couples a clear and legally defined understanding of their responsibilities and entitlements.

At Lodders, our expert family law solicitors can assist with the preparation of Cohabitation Agreements, and we can also help if no such agreement has been reached, and if, for example, at the end of the relationship it is unclear to you whether you have an entitlement to property and maintenance.

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