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Is a cohabitation agreement necessary?

When considering if a cohabitation agreement is necessary, it’s worthwhile firstly looking at the rights of a cohabiting couple compared to those of a married couple.

The simple fact is, despite all the media attention it has received, in England & Wales there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’. And consequently, you have virtually no rights as a long-term girlfriend or boyfriend, even though you may live a very similar life to a married couple.

Even if you cohabit for many years and have children you will not acquire any of the legal rights afforded to your married counterparts. Furthermore, the rights you have regarding assets and finances upon separation are also very different from those of a divorcing couple.

Following a divorce, both parties are legally entitled to claim a share of all matrimonial assets, regardless of who bought what, whereas an unmarried couple who live together and then break up cannot claim anything which belongs to the other party.

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