Cohabitation Agreement Attorneys
Creating a Cohabitation Agreement in Los Angeles & Ventura County and throughout California.
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Relationships of all kinds can encounter obstacles, and every couple faces challenges together.
When sharing a household while living together, the stakes may be high. You and your spouse might not have the level of security that you need if something were to happen to the other person. Furthermore, if the relationship ends, the other person could still have access to your finances, belongings, children, and personal data.
A valid legal agreement can provide the extra protection you need in these potential circumstances. Learn about facilitating your relationship with a cohabitation agreement with Feinberg & Waller, APC. We are experienced in a wide range of family legal situations, and we know how to position you and your partner for a positive experience together. Let us help you fully customize your agreement.
What Are Cohabitation Agreements?
When couples decide to get married, they may choose to create a prenuptial agreement, which has become a popular option for engaged couples across California. However, unmarried couples who are moving in together may also need certain legal protection.
Depending on your needs, a cohabitation agreement can separate property and clarify each party’s role in the home. In case of moving out or a dispute, an agreement lays out the expectations of both parties.
Once you create a cohabitation agreement verbally or formally, you are legally obligated to abide by it. Therefore, it is critical to review the contract with an experienced attorney. At Feinberg & Waller, APC we will make sure the agreement is fair and fully protects you.
What to Include in a Cohabitation Agreement
Unmarried couples, family members, long-term roommates, and other cohabitating parties may choose to form a cohabitation agreement. This contract allows them to formally establish their expectations and responsibilities while living together.
A cohabitation agreement can define several aspects of your living arrangement, including:
- Each party’s household duties and responsibilities
- Each party’s financial contributions and obligations, such as rent and repair costs
- Ownership and separation of assets, property, gifts and inheritance obtained before and during cohabitation
- A method for resolving a dispute or terminating the relationship
Cohabitation agreements are not the same as landlord-tenant agreements, nor does a cohabitation agreement provide equal rights to a tenant and a landlord. Instead, cohabitation agreements are a solution for people who are collaboratively sharing the same residential space.
Speak with our lawyers to learn more about your rights under
a cohabitation agreement.
We have offices in Beverly Hills, Calabasas & Westlake Village.
When to Create a Cohabitation Agreement
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, we focus on providing practical solutions according to each client’s unique circumstances. We can review your situation and help you decide whether an agreement would be beneficial.
Typically, not every relationship will require legal protection with a formal agreement. However, there are many reasons why an agreement may be right for you.
You and the other party may be more likely to benefit from an agreement if:
- One or more parties own or expect to own assets of a significant value
- One or more parties own unusual assets, such as a business
- You share a child with the other party
- You may one day consider a separation
Cohabitation agreements are personalized solutions. Creating one does not have to mean that you don’t trust the other party. Rather, these agreements exist to keep the relationship running smoothly over time. If the relationship happens to come to an end, the agreement allows both people to fall back on a pre-established plan.
Consult with Our Skilled Attorneys
Get clear information and professional advice before entering into an agreement. Based in Beverly Hills, Calabasas and Westlake Village, our firm will give you personal attention as you make significant decisions about your finances, your relationship, and your living arrangement.
Certified Family Law Specialists
We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings yet the entire team brainstorms on each matter within the firm.
Role of the General Counsel
The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.
Outstanding National and International Reputation
Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.
Our Intake Process helps us determine if we can handle your matter while managing the needs of our existing clients.
Our Case Intake manager will ask you basic questions. Feinberg & Waller, APC limits the number of cases we accept because we’ve found that selectivity advances our commitment to excellence.
After the intake process, we run a conflict check to make sure we have not spoken with the other party in your matter in the past. If we determine that there is no conflict, our case intake manager will go over the range in fees , from our Paralegals at $195/hr, to our Associate Attorneys starting at $250/hr, and our Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) starting at $395/hr.
We will schedule your consultation with one of Feinberg & Waller, APC Certified Family Law Specialists. A CFLS has gone through a rigorous process of proven qualifications. If you find yourself in the position where you need to speak to an attorney immediately, you may schedule an initial consultation with Marshall Waller through our "Schedule Consultation" links.