What is a Cohabitation Agreement?
More and more long-term, committed romantic partners are choosing not to marry. While there is no common law marriage in Connecticut, and living together (or “cohabitating”) does not trigger any financial rights or obligations, the unmarried couples may enter into a “cohabitation agreement.”
Read on to learn more.
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What Does a Cohabitation Agreement Do?
Many committed, long-term couples want to commit to a financial arrangement should they end their relationship.
What About Common Law Marriage?
There is a common myth that common law marriage exists in Connecticut. It does not. No matter how long people live together, there is no common law marriage in Connecticut.
What if an Unmarried Couple Wants a Financial Agreement if They Break-Up?
This is where the cohabitation agreement comes in. A cohabitation agreement allows unmarried partners to commit to a financial arrangement should they end their relationship.
Does Connecticut Recognize Cohabitation Agreements?
Yes. Connecticut recognizes the legal validity of these agreements. Typically, they address rights and obligations pertaining to financial support (akin to alimony or spousal support), or how property will be divided in the event the relationship ends.
Is a Break-Up With a Cohabitation Agreement Treated Like a Divorce?
No. Although Connecticut recognizes cohabitation agreements, you do not go to divorce court if you end your relationship. If one partner does not follow the cohabitation agreement, that doesn’t go to family court either. All disputes are resolved under general principles of contract law.
Issues facing unmarried couples are complicated. If you are in a long term relationship and do not plan to marry, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney.
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