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To avoid the highly stressful and the complex dissolution of any relationship, it may be best to formalize a romantic relationship in the earlier stages. From non-legal agreements to more formal, pre-marital agreements, there are many methods of clarifying assets and interests in the event of termination. Below are BLANK agreements to help formalize your romantic relationship. It may be best to consult a local divorce attorney for more specific legal advice.
1. A Relationship Agreement
Although not legally binding, relationship agreements are gaining popularity. Essentially, meant to detail the expectations of each party surrounding celebrating special moments, dividing household duties, including things like the number of date nights expected per week. Not only creating a source of accountability, but a relationship agreement is also a great facilitator of discussion; it might just flush out differences in beliefs and values too. A relationship agreement might be a great first quasi contract to sign with your loved one.
2. A Cohabitation Agreement
When two individuals, who are unmarried, want formality surrounding their rights and responsibilities toward one another, they might sign a cohabitation agreement. A cohabitation agreement is often meant to clarify ownership (assets) and interests in couples who are not married. Additionally, in the event the relationship terminates, the cohabitation agreement may specify the level of support offered (if any) following termination of the relationship.
3. A Prenuptials or Premarital Agreement
Commonly thought of as a document meant to protect the assets and interests of a partner where the other partner enters the relationship with less. However, a prenuptial agreement is much more involved. In addition to assets, a prenup can ensure that a spouse entering the relationship with debt doesn’t burden the other spouse. This type of agreement can protect inheritance rights of not only children but grandchildren too. It can also ensure that one’s business is not subject to the other spouse in the event the relationship ceases. In essence, a prenup guides the dissolution, should it occur, rather than working out the details in the midst of a divorce.
4. Legal Separation
When a romantic relationship begins to sour and the parties choose to live separately, a legal separation contract might be required. Legal separation contracts (drafted by a legal separation lawyer) are often drafted where the spouses are living apart, but still legally married. The separation contract might detail custody and visitation with children. Different from spousal support, separation maintenance which includes the monetary obligations of one spouse to support the child and other spouse.
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For help formalizing a relationship or considerations for terminating an existing one, its best to speak with our divorce attorney concerning your specific situation.