"Love knows no gender." — Attorney Steven J. Mandel
It is not uncommon today for unwed couples to live together, whether they do so because they simply choose not to get married or for other reasons. In all cases, it is important to clarify each partner's rights, interests and responsibilities. This can be done through a legal instrument known as a "cohabitation agreement."
New York Cohabitation Agreements
At The Mandel Law Firm, we work with same-sex and heterosexual couples to create legal documents that allow you and your partner to determine how you wish to share any assets, or in the event of a dissolution, how to divide property. We will create legal documents for you that clarify both parties' intentions regarding child custody and support, as well as estate and life planning choices, such as health care proxies and living wills.
With more than 35 years of experience representing clients throughout the New York City area, our attorneys have a clear understanding of how to make the law work for your individual situation.
Contact us today for a consultation with a lawyer who will take the time to understand your specific needs and work with you to create a cohabitation agreement or domestic partnership agreement that works best for you and reflects the needs of your individual relationship.
Understanding Cohabitation Agreements
In many ways, a cohabitation agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement: It sets forth the terms and conditions under which the parties will live and possibly separate. It helps to take some of the emotion out of a situation if the relationship were to dissolve by addressing these issues when things are "good" between you. A cohabitation agreement keeps things focused on the parties' assets, property and children, spelling out the details of property division and child custody, support and visitation.
It is important to note that "equitable distribution" of acquired assets, as well as issues of alimony (spousal maintenance), as determined by state laws, does not apply to non-married couples. Therefore, when it comes to unmarried couples who share a house or property, it is especially important to clearly state your intentions regarding that property in order to be assured that your respective rights and needs are met in the event the relationship dissolves.
It is also important to note that New York does not recognize "common law marriage," no matter how long a couple may reside together.
Detailed Legal Agreements for Unmarried Gay and Lesbian Couples or Heterosexual Couples
Our domestic partnership attorneys are prepared to aid you in protecting your relationship. We draw upon our extensive knowledge of gay and lesbian child custody rights as well as estate planning issues and gay and lesbian LGBT domestic partnership rights to draft detailed cohabitation agreements for unmarried couples.
Schedule an Informative Consultation Today With a New York City Domestic Partnership Attorney
The Mandel Law Firm believes that love knows no gender. Let us help you protect yourself and your loved ones. Contact us online, or by telephone toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868, to speak with an experienced lawyer who can offer you honest answers and straightforward advice about your domestic partnership agreement.