Are you cohabiting without marriage, or without a registered partnership? Have you jointly purchased a house? Nothing is then settled in law. The possessions and debts belong to the person in whose name they are held. In a cohabitation agreement, you can reach agreements on goods that are jointly owned, and for example what should be done with the home, if you break up.


You yourself decide what to include in the cohabitation contract. Possibilities include agreements on the joint household and which goods are and are not held in joint ownership. You can organise a partner’s pension settlement. If you are unmarried but are cohabiting, a cohabitation contract (often in combination with a will) is in many cases a means of securing the position of the longest-surviving partner, in the event of a death.