Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 22 – Cohabitation

February 1, 2015, By Slater Heelis

This is the next instalment in our bitesize blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the legal terms which are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

Cohabitation: This is an arrangement whereby an unmarried couple live together and carry on a relationship. If the relationship breaks down, the laws that apply to separating married couples in terms of dealing with financial issues, do not apply to unmarried couples. To prevent legal issues arising if the relationship breaks down, some cohabiting couples choose to enter into a Cohabitation Agreement, which specifically sets out how they would like to deal with their assets in the event of separation.

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