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Cohabitation Agreements Attorney in Commack, New York

As our population ages, a greater number of unmarried couples are living together with no intention of marriage. Many couples live together, buy and sell the property together, and go about their lives together as if they enjoyed the protection of New York Family Law in case their relationship should ever break down. Unfortunately, New York does not provide any clear-cut guidelines about the rights of cohabiting, not married couples.

Therefore cohabitation agreements have become the vehicle of choice for those living without the benefit of wedlock.

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The following are some of the situations in which it makes sense for unmarried people to consider a written agreement to define their rights and responsibilities in the event of a breakup in their relationship:

  • Cohabitation with or without the parties having a joint bank account.

  • Real estate is purchased or held in one person's name for some reason, for example, because of the other's bad credit.

  • The couple is engaged in business affairs together

  • One person pays most of the household expenses.

  • One person is supporting the other through undergraduate, graduate, or professional school.

If you're in a close relationship without any concrete plans for marriage, we suggest that you consider having a cohabitation agreement negotiated and drafted by an experienced family law attorney.