When a couple lives together in a marriage-like relationship but is not legally married, they also have certain legal rights. Much like a marriage contract, a cohabitation agreement, also known as a Domestic Contract, can determine potential property division, spousal support and other issues that may arise at the end of a cohabiting relationship, or set out expectations for during the cohabitation (such as how living expenses are split between the couple). Cohabitation agreements can transition to a marriage contract if the couple decides to marry at a later time.
To ensure that your rights are protected, it is important that agreements and contracts be properly drafted, as the law is very specific as to what constitutes a valid contract. It is essential that both parties to a cohabitation agreement obtain independent legal advice, or the agreement risks being invalidated.
The family law group at McKenzie Lake will work with you to draft an agreement fits your unique circumstances and goals. Contact a member of our team by email or by telephone at (519) 672-5666. If corresponding by email, be sure to include your name and telephone number.