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We have an expert team who are experienced in all matters regarding Family Law. Our team appreciate that the decision to enter into a cohabitation agreement with your partner can feel like a daunting process, it is because of this that you will receive expert guidance from our Family Solicitors.

Most cohabiting couples believe that they have a ‘common law marriage’ which will be recognised as if they were married when something goes wrong, but this is a myth. Whatever your circumstances, we can guide you through the process of creating a cohabitation agreement.

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Our expert Family Law team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone options appointment to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call 0330 333 2613 for a no obligation, initial discussion or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call you back.

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What is a Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a legally binding agreement that can be put in place between a couple who are living together, but aren’t married or in a civil partnership.

When living together, how you hold your property and your contribution to its purchase are very important. A cohabitation agreement can formalise these arrangements to ensure long term security for each partner.

What kind of arrangements can be made in a Cohabitation Agreement?

The beneficial thing about cohabitation agreements is that they can provide a broad range of useful guidance for arrangements regarding:

  • Personal property
  • Gifts
  • Credit agreements
  • Ownership or provision of cars
  • Liability for debts
  • Living expenses
  • Provision of life insurance for each other
  • Pensions
  • Intentions in the event of death, serious illness or incapacity.

It is important to note that when entering into any agreement, that you and your partner enter freely and voluntarily. It is recommended that you seek the benefit of independent legal advice and that full disclosure has been made of all relevant financial and other circumstances.

What happens if the relationship ends?

In the event of a separation, the cohabitation agreement will also set out arrangements for how to proceed. This is advantageous as it can avoid problems and legal costs if you do split up. For example your agreement may cover:

  • Termination of any agreed arrangements on death, marriage or separation.
  • Agreement to terminate or vary the agreement, for example when a couple have children.
  • Parental responsibility for any children and where they will live.

If you and your partner wish to enter into a cohabitation agreement, it is vitally important to seek legal advice from a Family Solicitor. They will be able to discuss the process with you and provide any necessary clarification you may need.

How we can help

Our specialist family lawyers will be able to offer clear and straightforward advice regarding the process of entering into a cohabitation agreement.

Our fees

Competitive fixed fees are available both for the drafting or approval of an agreement. Our team are on hand to assist you wherever you are based. Please contact us for further information.


Our solicitors can provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

How to get in contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion on 0330 333 2613 or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call or email you back.

Our Team

Elizabeth Bilton

Elizabeth Bilton

LLP Member
Julie Skill

Julie Skill

LLP Member
Jennie Byrne

Jennie Byrne

Alison Crofts

Alison Crofts

Puja Morjaria

Puja Morjaria

Family Solicitor
Lucy Tissington

Lucy Tissington

Sue Shepperson

Sue Shepperson


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