Cohabitation Agreements

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Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation agreements are becoming increasingly common in Scotland. If you have set up home with your partner or are considering doing so, it is sensible to consult a family lawyer to ask if you need a cohabitation agreement.

In many cases a cohabitation agreement can prevent future uncertainty and conflict.

Our family lawyers have considerable experience in the preparation of cohabitation agreements.

A cohabitation agreement is prepared before or after a couple sets up home together. The aim is to provide financial security and certainty in the unlikely event of a future separation.

The most common cohabitation agreement protects assets owned before the couple set up home together. Such agreements can detail what is to happen in the event of separation.

Whatever your circumstances, if you have assets, or expect to receive assets, and you wish to protect those assets, you should seek advice from a family lawyer on whether you should have such an agreement well in advance of your wedding or setting up home together.

Although they have never been fully tested in the Scottish courts, it is widely recognised that prenuptial and cohabitation agreements should be enforceable providing various conditions are satisfied.

If you are in any doubt at all, get in touch with one of our family lawyers for advice.

If you have a question or enquiry then get in touch with our Family Law team

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