Cohabitation agreements fall under the non-marital sector of family law practice. However, they may still require the attention of a professional family law attorney. In fact, couples who live together but are not married often face many of the same issues when the time comes to separate; issues concerning the division of assets, property rights, and even child support. Without an established cohabitation agreement, it can be extremely difficult for some couples to separate amicably. In some cases, a conflict of interest can turn into a heated battle over assets that requires lengthy time in court. In order to avoid complications like this, some couples opt for a cohabitation agreement, which defines the rights and obligations of each party.
Cohabitation agreements are well suited for couples who share money and / or property but who don't want to get married. These agreements allow couples to establish how matters related to property purchased together, inheritances, personal assets, etc. will be handled in the event of a breakup.