There are many legal documents that unmarried couples living together can use to protect their rights as a couple and also protect their individual interests in case the relationship ends. This section will provide information on cohabitation agreements, power of attorneys, wills and other contracts that can be used by such couples. Click on the links to know more:
- Nonmarital Agreements : Learn about how unmarried couples can create contracts between themselves that define their rights and obligations.
- Validity of Living Together Contracts : In this section, you’ll find information on the requisite elements of a valid cohabitation agreement, things that could make a nonmarital agreement unenforceable, and more.
- Sample Cohabitation Agreement : This sample form will give you an idea of what a cohabitation agreement looks like and the terms and provisions typically involved, including a breakdown of shared expenses and an assignment of rights.
- Wills and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care : Unmarried cohabitants may leave estate property to one another upon death in a will. In addition, a partner can draft a living will (also called a “healthcare directive”) dictating his or her wishes with regard to medical treatment.