Cohabitation Agreements
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When a couple gets married, they enjoy certain rights, and the law provides them with legal protections, specifying what will happen if they ever decide to divorce. However, many couples choose to live together for years before getting married, or they decide to remain unmarried altogether. While some states recognize common law marriage, treating couples who have cohabited for many years as if they are legally married, California does not provide unmarried couples with these protections.

If you are planning to move in with your partner, or if you are in a long-term relationship, you may want to consider a cohabitation agreement, which can provide you and your partner with legal protection if the relationship ends, including if one partner dies.

Cohabitation Agreements in California

A cohabitation agreement can be used to not only specify what will happen if a couple decides to end their relationship, but it can also define how certain aspects of their lives will be handled while they are living together. These agreements can define:

  • How income and expenses will be shared and how sole or joint bank accounts and credit cards will be managed.
  • Whether property acquired by either partner prior to the relationship will be considered jointly or separately owned.
  • If the couple buys a home together, how ownership will be specified on the deed, what percentage of the house each partner owns, and whether one partner will retain ownership or buy out the other partner if the relationship ends.
  • How property, assets, and debts acquired during the relationship will be divided in the case of a breakup.
  • Whether one partner will pay financial support (often referred to as "palimony" for unmarried couples) to the other if the relationship ends.
  • Whether one partner will inherit the other's assets after their death.
  • Whether a partner will be able to receive domestic partner insurance benefits through the other partner's health insurance plan.
  • Whether partners will be authorized to make medical decisions for each other if they become incapacitated.
  • Whether a partner will be the legal parent of a child born to or adopted by the other partner.

Contact a Los Gatos Family Law Attorney

As with premarital and postmarital agreements, it is important for both parties in a cohabitation agreement to fully disclose their assets and debts to each other and consult with an attorney to ensure they understand their rights. At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we can help you create a valid, enforceable cohabitation agreement that meets your unique needs. We will answer your questions and ensure that both parties fully understand the terms of the agreement, providing you with the security you need in your relationship. Contact a Los Gatos cohabitation agreements lawyer today at 408-395-8822 to schedule a free initial consultation. The Law Offices of Benita Ventresca are located in downtown Los Gatos and serve Santa Clara County, including Saratoga, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Campbell, and Mountain View.

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