Cohabitation Agreements

Not all family law issues arise from marriages. When a couple decides to reside together without being legally married, they may wish to consider entering into a cohabitation agreement. Our legal team at Dietz & Overmann, PLLC, is equipped to handle cohabitation agreements for unmarried couples in northern Kentucky.

All too often, unmarried couples do not consider what will happen should they separate. Unlike married couples, unmarried couples are unable to utilize the family court system to divide assets and debts or to determine child custody and support issues.

Don't Be Caught Without A Plan For Your Future

Establishing a cohabitation agreement is like a roadmap for couples who do not intend to marry. By sitting down with an attorney, people can establish an agreement that sets forth each person's responsibilities during the relationship and how assets and debts are to be divided should the relationship terminate.

As with prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements do not imply or assume that a relationship is heading toward a breakup. Instead, by thinking clearly about what the future could bring, couples can provide a plan for themselves in case it is needed someday. This way, couples who ultimately end their relationship will not have to make difficult choices about important matters under duress.

Another factor to consider is that unmarried couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. For instance, the members of the couple are not automatically entitled to the other's estate, permitted to make medical decisions for the other, or able to collect retirement or life insurance benefits from the other. Defining these roles and responsibilities can lessen any uncertainty should a life-changing event take place.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn about the advantages of cohabitation agreements. Reach us at our Edgewood offices by calling 859-757-2978. You can also email us your contact information via our secure form to start the process.