This cohabitation agreement template can be used to create a written record of understanding between the parties currently cohabiting or planning to do so in the future. The agreement allows you to agree on the distribution of finances, responsibilities and assets.
√ Attorney approved √ Practical points considered
This cohabitation agreement helps you to work out and set down all the practical arrangements that need to be covered when two people who are neither married nor civil partners, set up house. It helps you to set down all the arrangements that you need, both now and on a future separation.
It does not try to tell you what is best for you, but to steer and guide you into considering and dealing with the most important issues. It covers arrangements about your home, business assets, who owns what, everything about money - and even provisional children arrangements.
This document does not require any particular action after completion. Just print two copies, both of you sign both copies, date both with same date and each keep one. Your completed document is valid and binding at law until you are married.
You are bound by it. Use it at any stage of your relationship, before marriage.
However, if you marry or enter a civil partnership in the future, the status of the document changes.
Example uses of this document:
You want to make secure arrangements for when you separate;
Flatmates setting up new arrangements;
You want to live together but also stay in control of your own company or business assets.
How you deal with your house or flat
Keeping your own business property
Separate ownership of assets
Banking and cash arrangements
Finance and borrowing
What happens if / when you separate
Division of capital assets
If one of you dies
This document was written for Agreements.org by a Senior Attorney (Admitted in the High Court) with more than 15 years’ experience. It complies with current South African law.