Co-habitation agreements increase among non-married couples

By |2022-04-06T19:05:45+00:0022 Mar 2012|Categories: Divorce, Co-Habitation Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements|

Co-habitation agreements increase among non-married couples

In years past when couples divorced, procedures related to legal remedies and child custody, property division and asset allocation, while not without their complications, were still defined. Today, however, with a growing number of Americans, and California residents, choosing not marry the lines between who’s entitled to what are blurred.

A recent poll of 1,600 divorce attorneys found that 39 percent reported an increase in non-married couples seeking legal advice related to co-habitation agreements. Of these agreements, divorce attorneys report that 70 percent where for heterosexual couples. These numbers point to a growing trend that more and more couples across America are deciding not to get married.

Often the need for a co-habitation agreement is born out of necessity when a non-married couple decides to have a child or buy a house. Another major reason for having a co-habitation agreement is to protect one party from the other’s debt. With both credit card and student loan debt at an all time high, having an agreement that clearly defines each party’s debt responsibility can be extremely helpful.

A co-habitation agreement can also help clearly define who is entitled to what should a couple split and save couples thousands of dollars and years of time related to litigation.

Breaking up is never easy and many couples who live together face the same difficult and complex challenges associated with splitting up that married couples face. It’s wise, therefore, for couples who choose to live together to safeguard their assets and protect themselves from a potentially long and painful legal battle should they split.

Source: CNN, “Prenups aren’t just for married couples anymore,” Jessica Dickler, Mar. 20, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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