Cohabitation Agreements

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Getting ready for the wedding?  Want to make sure the date nights continue after your vows are exchanged.  How about formalizing how many rounds of golf hubby gets to play each year?  The Daily has run an article on a new evolution in family law — the cohabitation agreement.  According to the article “lawyers in the U.S. are reporting rising demand for ‘pre-prenups’; agreements that see unmarried couples addressing their relationship expectations in print.”  According to my friend Ken Altshuler, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, ‘We’ve seen a real dramatic increase. A lot more people are delaying, or forgoing, marriage and people are realizing as you get older, you have more things to protect.”

Lots of thought food with this topic.  Are these agreements even enforceable?  Must they be drafted with the same detail as pre-nuptial agreements.  Will they be enforced in breach of contract lawsuits, or will they be thrown out on policy grounds?  If their enforceability is spurious, do you even need to go to the trouble and expense of having a lawyer draft one?

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Please be sure to visit, the website for the law firm of Harding & Associates, for more information on California family law.

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