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How to talk to your 
partner about a 
Cohabitation 
Agreement
Moving in with your partner is a big step 
With these laws in place it may not just be a simple matter of shacking up and ...
Laying your cards on the table 
A Cohabitation Agreement (or Financial Agreement) is a legal tool that you can use 
to cla...
Talking about a Cohabitation Agreement 
It can sometimes be a little awkward talking about a Financial Agreement especiall...
Don’t surprise your Partner with a completed agreement to sign 
Apart from the fact that it is likely to scare your partne...
Keep the discussions short and simple 
Don’t try to cover everything at once and if the discussion becomes emotional or he...
Your partner may not know very much about a Cohabitation Agreement and may 
question why it is necessary. 
07 
Have an ans...
Stay Calm 
Talking about finances can make people emotional if they feel like their security is threatened. 
Remember you ...
We consider it our job to de-mystify the law and legal contracts. 
We firmly believe that there are many times in life whe...
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Moving in together is a big step. We look at the reasons why you might want to use a Cohabitation (Financial) Agreement and how to talk to your partner about it.

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  1. 1. How to talk to your partner about a Cohabitation Agreement
  2. 2. Moving in with your partner is a big step With these laws in place it may not just be a simple matter of shacking up and moving on when the time comes. 02 Legally you are considered a “de facto couple” and Australian law grants rights comparable to those of a married couples. This means that if your relationship lasts longer than 2 years then either party can apply to the Court for:-  Orders for the division of your combined property  Orders for spousal maintenance
  3. 3. Laying your cards on the table A Cohabitation Agreement (or Financial Agreement) is a legal tool that you can use to clarify: 03  how assets and liabilities are owned;  in what proportions; and  what should happen if the relationship ends. This type of agreement acts as a foundation for the relationship providing security for both parties and helping you avoid misunderstandings and disputes.
  4. 4. Talking about a Cohabitation Agreement It can sometimes be a little awkward talking about a Financial Agreement especially if one partner has a greater asset pool. It’s important to approach the subject gently, keeping these 4 tips in mind. 04 Timing Plan ahead – choose a time carefully Start Simple Don’t cover everything at once – Keep it Simple Address Why Be prepared to answer why it’s important to you Stay Calm Stay calm, fair and respectful
  5. 5. Don’t surprise your Partner with a completed agreement to sign Apart from the fact that it is likely to scare your partner it can affect the validity of the agreement. Financial Agreements are a collaborative process and they work most effectively when both partners agree. The law is very clear in its intention that a Financial Agreement must not be made under undue pressure or duress. 05 Timing Get the timing right Schedule a time Let your partner know you have something important to discuss and schedule a time when you will both be calm and distraction free.
  6. 6. Keep the discussions short and simple Don’t try to cover everything at once and if the discussion becomes emotional or heated, agree to stop and meet again at another time. Having regular short meetings is better because it gives both parties the chance to digest what has been discussed without becoming overwhelmed. 06 Start simple Start Simple Realise it can be a process Your first discussions might be broader or more philosophical as you come to an agreement about why the document is required. Once you have that meeting of the minds you can start fleshing out the details.
  7. 7. Your partner may not know very much about a Cohabitation Agreement and may question why it is necessary. 07 Have an answer for why? Address Why Having an answer prepared in advance allows you to express your thoughts clearly so you can address their concerns. For example, you might say… “This house is all I was left with after the divorce. I’d like to sit down and talk about how we will handle ownership and any future renovations and expenses,” or “I am thinking about how we will handle our joint finances when we move in together. We seem to have different spending styles, how are we going to work that out?"
  8. 8. Stay Calm Talking about finances can make people emotional if they feel like their security is threatened. Remember you are talking to someone you love and stay calm. Set up some rules for the discussions Agree that if things become heated you will stop and re-convene at another time. Agree not to shout at each other or any other rules that will help you both feel heard and understood. 08 Stay calm, fair and respectful Stay Calm
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  10. 10. Need more information? 10 Go to www.peacefulpath.com.au or Call us on Freecall 1800 608 088 DiY Legal Kits by RP Emery and Associates – Solid Legal Protection without the Expense

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