Cohabitation agreements can help to minimise the issues that are likely to arise from a relationship breakdown.

Despite what people may believe, a common-law husband or wife does not exist in England and Wales which means if you are unmarried, you have no protection through matrimonial law. In a relationship breakdown, couples, friends, or family members are subject to complicated property laws that can be far from satisfactory.

Our team of legal specialists at Lund Bennett Law can assist in dealing with potential issues that could arise from a breakdown in a relationship by drafting a cohabitation agreement or help resolve the issues if a dispute has arisen following separation. Call 0161 924 0079, or send us a message via our contact form.  

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What is a cohabitation agreement?

Cohabitation agreements are formal agreements that can help minimise the issues that are likely to arise from a relationship breakdown. Lund Bennett Law can help you develop a suitable cohabitation agreement or come to a resolution if you are involved in a cohabitation dispute.

What are cohabitation disputes?

Cohabitation disputes often arise among couples, friends or family members living together in a shared residence but have decided to end their relationship and stop living together.

When is it recommended to have a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement gives you a certain amount of legal protection if you decide to end your relationship with your partner, friend or family member. For instance, if you solely own the property you both occupy and want to protect it should the relationship breakdown, your rights can be protected with a Cohabitation Agreement.


A Cohabitation Agreement can also deal with more day to day practical arrangements such as regulating how the day to day expenses are to be met.

What needs to be included in a cohabitation agreement?

Cohabitation agreements typically set out any arrangements regarding yours and your partner, friend or family member’s property, finances and, if applicable, shared children.  If you have decided to get a cohabitation agreement drafted by a solicitor, it may include details about the following:

  • Shared and individual owned property
  • Individual and joint debts or mortgages
  • Inheritance and wills
  • Shared children
  • Shared pets
How do I sign a cohabitation agreement?

An agreement should be made as a Deed with both party’s signature being witnessed by one independent witness. A qualified legal professional should always review cohabitation agreements.

You and your partner, friend or family member should also seek individual legal advice. To speak to a family law solicitor about your cohabitation agreement, call our offices on 0161 924 0079, or reach out to our team via our contact form

Is a cohabitation agreement legally binding?

In England and Wales, a cohabitation agreement is a legally binding contract providing that it’s been drafted, signed and executed as a deed. In the event of a relationship breakdown between you and your partner, friend or family member, the court may consider your cohabitation agreement providing the fact that;

  • Both partners have individually sought legal advice,
  • And the terms of your cohabitation agreement are considered to be ‘reasonable’.
What are the benefits of cohabitation agreements in England and Wales?

If your relationship breaks down, a cohabitation agreement can provide you with protection and peace of mind over your financial future and avoid legal action.

1. Protect your assets and yourself from your partner’s past or future debts.

2. Legally establish joint property ownership rights between yourself and your partner.

3. Protect your business interests and assets.

How much does a cohabitation agreement cost?

Costs for a cohabitation agreement may vary depending on its complexity. At Lund Bennett Law, we will provide you with a detailed cost breakdown, including taking instructions, the agreement draft, amendments, and follow up discussions.

If you have received a quote for a cohabitation agreement from a third party and would like to get a second opinion, contact us for a free consultation on 0161 924 0079.

Can we amend the cohabitation agreement once it’s been signed?

You and your partner may amend the cohabitation agreement if your circumstances change, i.e. if you or they inherit, have children together or fall seriously ill. A qualified legal professional should review any changes.

Why should I get in touch with Lund Bennett Law for help with my cohabitation agreement?

At Lund Bennet Law’s team of legal experts has extensive experience advising and assisting clients with cohabitation agreements. Speak to our team on 0161 924 0079 for your free, no-obligation consultation, or you can get in touch via our contact form. 

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