A cohabitation agreement is a legal contract that outlines the rights and obligations of two individuals who choose to live together without being married or in a civil partnership. This agreement can be beneficial for couples who want to protect their assets, finances, and personal rights in case of a separation.

Cooperative Legal Services offers cohabitation agreement services that can help couples create a legally binding document that suits their unique needs and circumstances. This article will discuss the advantages of having a cohabitation agreement and how Cooperative Legal Services can assist you in creating one.

Advantages of a Cohabitation Agreement

1. Clarify expectations

A cohabitation agreement can help clarify the expectations of both partners. This agreement can define the responsibilities of each partner for shared expenses, such as rent, utilities, and groceries. It can also outline how household chores will be divided and how decisions will be made in case of any disagreements.

2. Protect personal assets

A cohabitation agreement can protect the personal assets of each partner. For instance, if one partner has a substantial amount of savings or owns a property, the agreement can ensure that these assets remain with that partner in case of a separation.

3. Settle disputes

A cohabitation agreement can be useful in settling any disputes that arise in the future. The agreement can provide a clear process for resolving conflicts, which can be beneficial in maintaining a healthy relationship between the partners.

How Cooperative Legal Services can help

Cooperative Legal Services has a team of experienced lawyers who specialize in creating cohabitation agreements. The process of creating an agreement involves the following steps:

1. Consultation

First, you will have a consultation with one of Cooperative Legal Services` lawyers. During this meeting, you will discuss your particular needs and circumstances, and the lawyer will provide you with an overview of the agreement`s contents.

2. Drafting

Once the consultation is complete, the lawyer will draft the agreement. This document will include provisions that reflect your needs and requirements. The lawyer will ensure that the agreement is legally binding and enforceable.

3. Review and sign

After the agreement is drafted, the lawyer will review it with you to ensure that it meets your expectations. Once you are satisfied with the document, Cooperative Legal Services will arrange for you to sign it.


A cohabitation agreement can provide peace of mind to couples who are living together but are not married or in a civil partnership. Cooperative Legal Services can help you create a legally binding agreement that reflects your needs and circumstances. By having a cohabitation agreement in place, you can clarify expectations, protect your personal assets, and settle disputes in a fair and transparent manner.