Monday, April 23, 2012

The Cohabitation Effect

Living together before marriage is advisable, right? You need to figure out if the fact that she is freezing any time the thermostat reads below 78° or his insistence on cutting his fingernails on the couch is a deal breaker before walking down the aisle. It’s just common sense to take the car for a test drive before buying.

Many couples seem to agree. From the article: “In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.” However, it turns out cohabitation may not be the answer. The link goes to an interesting article stating that cohabitation before marriage is not the secret to marital bliss.

The article also correctly points out that the aspects of untangling oneself from a failed cohabitation can be quite difficult, particularly when the couple has jointly purchased items, which will almost always be the circumstance. While most couples likely see cohabitation as a step towards marriage, if you are in a relationship that is not ending in marriage but does include cohabitation, there are agreements that can be drafted to protect both parties and make the break-up as smooth as possible. Think of it as a prenup for shacking up.

If you have any questions concerning cohabitation agreements, feel free to contact us at 317.DIVORCE orclick here to contact us online.


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