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Cohabitation & separation

What is the legal definition of cohabitation?
In the eyes of the law a cohabitation-relationship consists of two unmarried people living together in a relationship and in a joint household. A cohabitation-relationship ceases when one of the cohabitants marry, pass away or if one of the cohabitants move.

I am about to enter a cohabitant-relationship, do we need to make a cohabitation-agreement?
If you have purchased a residence for the purpose of living together a cohabitation-agreement is recommended if you wish to make the residence your private property. That way the residence is protected in the division of property, should you separate in the future. A cohabitation-agreement is also recommended when the two parties invest unevenly when purchasing a residence for the purpose of living together.

I am about to separate from my partner, what should I consider? What is included in the division of property after a cohabitational-relationship.
If you want a division of property to be made you should file for one no less than one year from the date of separation. A division of property after a cohabitation-relationship is limited to the residence purchased for the purpose of living together in a relationship and household goods (furniture etc.) purchased for the joint household. For example, if you have bought a car together it would not be included in the division of property. The car would however be governed by the rules of joint ownership. Read more about division of property after the termination of a cohabitation-relationship

Do we have to go through a division of property when we separate?
A cohabitation-agreement is not required by law, but in most cases it is good to have one in place. The benefit of having an agreement is that you resolve the economic issues of a separation so that you may move on in life without further trouble.
Read more about division of property after the end of a cohabitation-relationship


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