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Wheaton Cohabitation Agreements Attorney

DuPage County Law Firm Assisting Domestic Partnership Agreements

Naperville Living Together Agreement Lawyer

When couples decide to live together in one home while remaining unmarried, their lives become closely linked. Without the legal union of marriage, some questions may exist about how an unmarried couple will handle finances, property ownership, and parenting duties. In these cases, a couple may decide to sign a cohabitation agreement (also known as a domestic partnership agreement) to clarify each partner's rights and responsibilities.

Elements Included in a Cohabitation Agreement

A cohabitation contract may include a number of provisions addressing issues such as:

  • Household expenses - Partners may wish to specify how they will share the costs of rent or mortgage payments, utilities, taxes, homeowner's or renter's insurance, and household repairs.
  • Property distribution - A couple may define how joint and separate property will be divided in the case of a breakup or if one partner dies.
  • Debts - Couples can decide who will be responsible for paying mutually incurred debts.
  • Support - Couples can determine whether one partner will provide the other with financial support in the case of a breakup.
  • Property ownership - Partners who own a home together can specify that they are joint tenants with rights of survivorship, allowing one partner to retain ownership if the other partner dies.
  • Parental roles - Unmarried couples can define the rights and responsibilities of both partners in regards to any biological or adoptive children of either party.
  • Health insurance - Cohabitation agreements can help unmarried partners become registered as domestic partners in order to be included in health insurance coverage.
  • Incapacitation - If one partner becomes unable to make decisions for themselves due to illness or disability, a cohabitation agreement can name the other partner as their guardian. Partners can also provide each other with durable power of attorney for healthcare, allowing each partner to make medical decisions for the other in the case of an emergency.

Experienced Legal Assistance for Cohabiting Couples

With a cohabitation agreement in place, couples who live together will have the peace of mind that their rights will be protected and they will have financial security should unforeseen circumstances occur. With the help of the skilled, experienced family law attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C., you can create a domestic partnership agreement that will help you and your partner avoid misunderstandings and prevent difficulties and complications from arising in the future. Contact a Wheaton family law attorney at 630-653-9400 to set up an initial consultation.

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