Domestic Partner Agreements and Co-Habitation Agreements
A domestic partnership agreement is a legally enforceable contract between two unmarried people that clarifies the rights and obligations of each person to their jointly owned property.
Why might I want a Domestic Partnership Agreement?
If you are in a relationship with someone to whom you are not legally married, a domestic partnership agreement protects both of you and serves two main functions. First, if the two of you go your separate ways, the agreement provides you with a road map to follow in dividing your jointly owned property. The most valuable property is often your house, and deciding what to do with it when you are emotionally stressed could be very messy without an agreement.
Secondly, a domestic partnership agreement clarifies what each of you owns in case one or both of you die. If only one of you dies and leaves everything to the other person in a Will, this isn't such a problem. However, if you both die together, the agreement clarifies, for your families, what each of you owns. Some employers also require these agreements if you and your partner apply for joint benefits through your employment.
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