Unmarried Couples Living Together are Wise to Have a Cohabitation Agreement           

Nowadays more than ever, couples live together and do not get married. Unmarried couples routinely sign leases and buy property together, buy furniture or Art, invest in Real Estate or other assets and yes, have Children. A Cohabitation agreement can addess how to share living costs and expenses while you are together. For couples that split up amicably, they can avoid the difficulty of dividing non-marital assets by reaching an agreement.  In other circumstances when the split is tumultuous, couples can have real difficulty when it comes to dividing assets upon splitting up.  When Children are involved, Custody and Child Support issues related to the Child can be handled in Paternity Court.


A Cohabitation Agreement is a contract between unmarried couples regarding their assets, debts  and finances if they break up. Cohabitation agreements are particularly useful to address:

  • Ownership of Property
  • Payment of bills and expenses
  • Partner Support
  • Division of Real Estate
  • Who takes the Pet(s)
  • Living circumstances if there are children
  • Support for children prior to going to court
  • Leasehold issues
  • Personal Property Division
  • Bank accounts 

You or your partner may feel uncomfortable addressing these issues in writing.  However, you may come to realize a cohabitation agreement is a safety net to avoid litigation. A traditional court case can costs can cost many thousands of dollars. With an enforceable Cohabitation agreement, time, money and aggravation may be avoided in the event of a break up.


What Effect do they have in Court?


There are sometimes good reasons to consider creating a cohabitation, too. Common reasons include the following:

  • They are enforceable in court if done correctly
  • Unmarried couples have little other legal protections in Family Law Court
  • Marvin Litigation is expensive and uncertain

Work With An Experienced Family Law Attorney


As you look for a lawyer to help you negotiate, draft and/or formalize a cohabitation agreement, consider Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler A Professional Corporation in Los Angeles. I am attorney Bradley S. Sandler, and I bring extensive family law experience to the table. I can help ensure that you understand your rights and follow all legal requirements for creating an enforceable cohabitation agreement.


The Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler A Professional Corporation provides skilled and efficient help. Call 310-246-3900 or contact me at Bradley@sandlerlawfirm.com to schedule a consultation at my Beverly Hills office.  

Avoid Wasting Valuable Time, Money and Uncertainty

You or your partner may feel uncomfortable addressing these issues in writing.  However, you may come to realize a cohabitation agreement is a safety net to avoid litigation. A traditional court case can costs can cost many thousands of dollars. With an enforceable Cohabitation agreement, time, money and aggravation may be avoided in the event of a break up.