The term ‘common-law marriage’ has long since been discredited. In England and Wales, common law marriage has no legal validity, and cohabiting couples in an intimate relationship enjoy no extra protection under the law. However, cohabitation between couples continues to grow in popularity in the UK, increasing by around 144% between 1996 and 2021 from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.6 million, with many still believing that they will be entitled to a division of assets on separation similar to those on divorce.

If you are looking for advice and guidance on cohabitation and want to discuss your next steps, please call Berlad Graham LLP today on 0330 175 5655. 

Legal Cohabitation Agreement 

For unmarried couples, it is advisable to enter into a Cohabitation Agreement, which sets out arrangements for finances, property and children if the relationship ends. A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal document that is enforceable by the Court and can be reviewed and updated as often as required.

We would always encourage anyone considering a Cohabitation Agreement to seek legal advice. Our professional team of family lawyers at Berlad Graham LLP has extensive experience drafting such agreements to ensure that they are legally binding and guarantee you the highest level of protection possible.

If you are thinking of moving in with your partner, or you are a couple that has recently moved in together and wants to shore up your relationship legally, please contact our team to discuss the options available to you. We can be reached over the phone on 0330 175 5655 or by email at

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A Cohabitation Agreement sets out who owns what and in what proportion and can cover items such as:

  • Ownership of property.
  • Deposit on your home.
  • What share of the mortgage or rent you will pay.
  • How household bills will be dealt with.
  • Bank accounts and money.
  • Life insurance.
  • Pensions.

A Cohabitation Agreement will give you peace of mind and protect you should the relationship end or circumstances change. For example, an agreement can make sure you have:

  • A share of each others’ assets.
  • Access to each others’ state pension.
  • Next of kin rights in a medical emergency.

Cohabitation Agreements can also be made between people who are not in a romantic relationship, such as flatmates or siblings, and are useful for helping divide up bills and other responsibilities while you are living together.

Our highly experienced family lawyers have helped many couples draw up agreements tailored to their individual needs.

Cohabitation Solicitors Uxbridge, Hereford, and Shropshire

To speak to our friendly, experienced, professional cohabitation lawyers today, please call 0330 175 5655 or email