Whether you are thinking of moving in with your significant other, or you are a same-sex couple looking to make a long-term commitment, a domestic partnership agreement (sometimes called a cohabitation agreement) is critical to making sure that your rights are protected. Because unmarried people do not have the option of going to family court to ask for relief after their relationship dissolves, (such as engaging in equitable distribution), it is important to outline property and inheritance rights before moving in together.
While you may think that you can come to an agreement without an attorney, consulting an attorney before the relationship ends will ensure that you are protected in the future. If plans are made at the outset, both sides are more likely to compromise on reasonable terms. Further, a domestic partnership agreement can set out terms for inheritance and estate planning. A knowledgeable PA cohabitation agreement lawyer will look out for your interests to make sure that you are protected whether or not your relationship lasts forever.
Cohabitation agreements are enforceable by any court absent a showing of duress or coercion. Accordingly, it is especially important to consult a PA domestic partnership attorney because, if an agreement is signed, and later you discover that you are not receiving your fair share, there may be little that can be done about it. Negotiating a cohabitation agreement that fairly represents the interests of both parties can provide security in knowing that going forward they will be protected regardless of what happens.
To learn how our Pittsburgh family law firm can help you during this difficult time, call us today at 412-339-2491, toll free at 855-VARI-LAW (855-723-2645) or send us an e-mail. One of our experienced Allegheny County divorce lawyers will be glad to offer you advice on what is in your best interests and that of any children in your family. Our Pittsburgh office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment.Our Pittsburgh Divorce Attorneys routinely accept cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our law firm accepts Pennsylvania family law cases from other Western Pennsylvania counties including Clarion County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Venango County on a case-by-case basis.