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Chicago Cohabitation Agreements Attorneys

Living Together and Dividing Property in Illinois

When couples decide to live together without getting married, there are many legal and financial issues that should be considered. The union of marriage automatically ascribes certain rights to spouses, but those rights must be established by agreement for unmarried couples. Cohabitation agreements allow domestic partners to contractually clarify each person’s privileges and obligations within the relationship.

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in working with nontraditional families. We guide our clients through the process of drafting comprehensive cohabitation agreements that help protect your rights and plan for all future possibilities.

Cohabitation Agreement Provisions

An effective cohabitation agreement must be designed to fit the specific needs of the couple and family involved. Depending on your personal and financial circumstances, your cohabitation agreement can include:

  • Provisions for division of household expenses (i.e. rent or mortgage payments, utility bills, insurance, etc.)
  • Provisions for property ownership and survivorship
  • Provisions for parenting roles in the event of a breakup (particularly when one partner is not the biological or adoptive parent)
  • Provisions for debt responsibility
  • Provisions for property distribution upon separation or death

A cohabitation agreement can also name domestic partners as each other’s guardians or conservators in case of incapacitation. In combination with other estate planning tools, a cohabitation agreement can provide many of the same legal rights that spouses enjoy to domestic partners. At Anderson & Associates, P.C., we are skilled in crafting comprehensive estate plans as well as creating effective and enforceable cohabitation agreements. We work closely with our clients to provide the peace of mind that your rights are properly protected and your wishes are properly expressed.

To learn more about we can assist you in creating a cohabitation agreement, contact us to schedule a free consultation. We work with clients throughout the Chicagoland area from our downtown Chicago office and three additional regional offices.