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Cohabitation agreement checklist

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Here are a few important steps to take to finish your document

Read the document to make sure it meets your needs.

Remember that if you have any questions you can easily Ask a lawyer.

The most important points to help make sure your agreement is upheld by the courts are:

  • be completely honest with each other

  • both of you must take independent legal advice before signing

  • the agreement must be made by both of you, with no undue pressure from either of you

  • your signatures must be witnessed by different witnesses.

Have you both taken independent legal advice? If not, don’t sign.

  1. Print  a copy of the cohabitation agreement. You cannot sign online.  Do not sign or date it yet.

  2. You will need two different witnesses to witness this agreement, one for each party. Each witness must be independent, have mental capacity and should:

    1. not be a family member, and

    2. not be under the age of 18.

  3. Each party should sign the agreement  on the line under their name using their normal signature in front of their witness.

  4. The witness for each person must sign using their normal signature beside the words "Witness signature" and underneath write out their name address and occupation in the spaces provided.

  5. Complete the agreement by writing the date in the space provided at the top of the agreement.

  • Make a copy of the agreement for each party and store the originals safely away.
  • Review your agreement regularly, especially if there are any changes to your circumstances.

The agreement will finish and not be legally binding if you marry or have a baby.

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