Cohabitation Agreements Are Like Prenuptial Agreements For Couples Who Choose Not To Marry

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

With more and more couples living together without marriage, I see the need for a written set of rules to live by, which gives the unmarried parties specific expectations, rights, and obligations.  This document is called a cohabitation agreement, and like a prenuptial agreement, it has specificity and sets boundaries to the relationship.

Cohabitation agreements are valid, enforceable contracts, if executed under proper conditions.  The parties can agree on just about anything, from who pays the mortgage to who pays for airfare and vacations.  It can address the issue of a pet, who owns what artwork, who gets the piano if the relationship ends.  Financial issues and title to personal and real property are usually included. 

Like any contract, cohabitation agreements need to be understood, have disclosure, and freely agreed to without fraud, duress or undue influence and misrepresentation.  Like the prenuptial agreement, cohabitation agreements make living together or breaking apart somewhat easier, because expectations are spelled out.  For more information about this or other types of agreements between couples, call one of the lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.

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