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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

For more information, read Cohabitation.

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

  1. Print a copy for each person (the parties). You cannot sign online. 

  2. You need two witnesses, one for each party. Each witness must be independent (ie not be a family member), have mental capacity and should not be under 18.

  3. Each party must sign on the line beside their name, using their normal signature, in front of their witness.

  4. The witnesses must sign on the line beside the words ‘Witness signature’ and write out their name, address and occupation in the spaces provided.

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

Make a copy for each party and store the originals safely away.

Remember to regularly review your cohabitation agreement, especially if there are any changes to your circumstances (eg if you have a child).

This agreement will automatically come to an end and will generally not be considered by the courts if you marry or have a baby.

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