Washington County, MN Family Law Attorneys Explain Cohabitation Agreements

Protect yourself and your partner with a cohabitation agreement in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Stillwater and Woodbury, MN

Minnesota law recognizes cohabitation agreements between people who live together but aren’t married. We at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. have more than 60 years ’ combined experienced helping clients prepare cohabitation agreements. We work hard to establish a strong rapport with our clients, and look forward to getting to know you as you come to trust and rely on us to help you resolve family issues.

What is a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is similar to a prenuptial and postnuptial agreement in many respects. It is an agreement entered into by two people who plan to live together as intimate partners, and is most often used to establish the division of assets in the event that the partners later decide to go their separate ways.

Cohabitation agreements are enforceable in Minnesota only if they are in writing and signed by the parties.

Why do I need a cohabitation agreement?

A cohabitation agreement governs many issues that may arise if the partners break up or if one of them dies. Such issues include:

  • Protecting assets acquired before cohabitation
  • Directing the payment of debts
  • Guaranteeing the partners a fair settlement if the relationship ends
  • Securing a partner’s rights in the event of the other partner’s death

Many rights come with marriage, but an unmarried partner without a cohabitation agreement may have no rights if the other partner dies.

Call Minnesota family law attorneys for a free consultation

Contact an Lakeville family law firm with more than 60 years of combined experience. Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. delivers reliable representation throughout Minnesota, including in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Eagan and Woodbury, MN. We offer free consultations, and flexible scheduling is available. Call us at 651-379-3024 or contact us online to arrange an appointment.

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Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.


20856 Holyoke Avenue,
P.O. Box 369,
Lakeville, Minnesota 55044