Cohabitation/Marriage Agreements

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Cohabitation/Marriage Agreements

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A marriage agreement (also known as a prenuptial agreement or a domestic contract) is a legal agreement made by two people who are planning to get married or are already married. This agreement outlines the rights and obligations of each spouse in the event of a separation or divorce.

A cohabitation agreement is a similar legal agreement made by two people who are living together in a common-law relationship. This agreement outlines the rights and obligations of each partner in the event of a separation or the end of the relationship.

Both types of agreements can cover a range of topics, such as property division, spousal support, and the division of debts. They are often used to provide clarity and certainty in the event of a separation or divorce, and can help to avoid legal disputes and the costs associated with them.

It is fairly common to be nervous when embarking on the negotiation of such agreements. Sometimes one or both partners may worry about offending their partner or causing them to question the strength of their relationship. Or the partner with fewer resources may feel nervous about asserting their interests and may worry that they will be at a disadvantage.

Negotiating a prenuptial agreement can be complex and may involve discussing potentially uncomfortable topics, such as finances and the possibility of a future separation or divorce. This can create anxiety and uncertainty, especially if one or both partners have never negotiated a legal agreement before.

Negotiating a prenuptial agreement requires open and honest communication between partners. If one or both partners have difficulty expressing their concerns or are not accustomed to discussing sensitive topics, they may feel nervous about the negotiation process.

Negotiating a prenuptial agreement involves navigating the legal system, which can be intimidating for people who are not familiar with the process.

I understand how difficult it can be to get through this process and I try to present creative options that not only protect your interests but also that are respectful towards your spouse. I also make it a priority not to engage in typical adversarial and costly communications with my counterpart lawyer.

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