Because unmarried couples who are cohabitating are not given any type of legal status similar to married couples under Ohio law, they may need to take action themselves and define their rights and responsibilities through a legal document known as a cohabitation agreement. While the state does not require these contracts to be in writing, it is extremely difficult to prove and enforce an oral agreement.
Our Columbus divorce lawyers at Weis + O’Connor LLC can help you negotiate, create, and finalize a detailed cohabitation agreement that is legally sound, and enforceable by a court, should your cohabitating relationship end.
With no laws in our state protecting unmarried, cohabitating individuals, going through a split with your partner may quickly become an extremely complex, confusing, and frustrating situation. This is exactly why our family law attorneys recommend creating a cohabitation agreement as soon as possible. Much like a prenuptial agreement before marriage, this document is able to better protect both parties and their property, and make the process much smoother, should a breakup occur.
Entering into such an agreement should be done with the well-informed counsel of an experienced family lawyer. We can help you effectively negotiate during this time, protect your rights and best interests, and ensure that you finish with the agreement and peace of mind you both need and deserve.