Couples living together often feel as if they have the inferred obligations and expectations of marriage, but with fewer legal rights and protections. With many couples opting to live together before — or instead of — getting married, it’s wise to put safeguards in place that are recognized by the courts.
What legal recourses do you have if you decide to end long-term cohabitation? Rather than settling matters in court after the fact, at KoonsFuller we recommend drawing up a cohabitation agreement that establishes a framework for any future disagreements that may arise.
We take the uncertainty out of cohabitation
In the State of Texas, creating a legal basis for cohabitation often involves contract law. Similar to a pre-nuptial agreement, a cohabitation contract can protect your interests and avoid disputes that often come with the dissolution of a domestic partnership. These areas include:
- Custody and visitation rights for biological or adopted children
- Ownership or dissolution of jointly-owned real estate
- Savings, investments and other assets accumulating during the partnership
- Responsibility for debts and liabilities incurred during the partnership
- Agreement modifications, should the nature of your assets or living status change
If you’re considering cohabiting or are currently cohabiting with someone, our attorneys can help you and your partner arrive at an agreement that protects your present and future rights and interests. To learn more, contact us to arrange a no-obligation consultation.