Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation means living with a partner not as a married couple or in a civil partnership. The principle of a common law spouse is not recognised in English law. While those that have lived together for some time often believe that – should their relationship breakdown – they will have legal rights similar to those of married couples, this is simply not the case.

Cohabitation or Living Together Agreement

It is therefore important if you are an unmarried couple living together, planning to live together or planning to buy a house together to discuss and understand what you each understand to be your respective interests in your home and whether or how those interests in the home could or should change in the future. Recording those discussions in a cohabitation agreement is the best way of protecting your respective interests in the property in the event of your relationship subsequently breaking down.

Our team will provide effective clear and concise advice and assistance to you, helping you put in a place a cohabitation agreement that is truly reflective of how you own your home.

Initial Fixed Fee Consultation

Come and talk to us. You’ll find us empathetic, keen to help and with a wealth of experience. We offer a fixed fee consultation of £105 for the first appointment. You will be advised on the options open to you and the possible outcomes. Our priority is to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the path ahead and the challenges involved in achieving your goals.

UK Divorce and Family Leading Law Firm 2023Barr Ellison Law has a small but highly esteemed family, divorce and wealth protection practice, led by Sarah Martin. Her work focuses predominantly on complex financial divorces, both UK and cross-border, and is highly regarded for her experience in private children matters. Associate Karen Anker has vast experience in financial matters, arrangements for children and relocation disputes. She also advises on also wealth protection, including pre- and post-marital agreements and cohabitation agreements. The team is praised for ‘the impeccable quality of their work and advice’.
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‘A very experienced family team in Sarah Martin and Karen Anker. Both very well respected within the Cambridge family law community and beyond.’