Sometimes concubine agreements are signed because a partner: • brings a lot of assets into the relationship they want to protect when the relationship ends • has a particular type of property they want to protect, such as a family home or family business • has children from a previous relationship or other obligations they want to care for. You cannot define problems related to children in advance. Even if, in an agreement, you waive family allowances or define the rules of custody/access, a judge still has the right to check them to ensure that they are in the best interests of the children. To ensure that the life contract is mandatory for spouses, in addition to the establishment of the agreement by a lawyer, it is also important that each spouse receives independent legal advice from his or her own family law lawyer before signing the contract. You are completely in love, so you choose to settle down together, to start a family. However, if we are to believe the experts, the tide will change one day and the promises exchanged may disappear. The questions then become: What are my rights as a common law partner? Are these the same rights as married couples? The answer is no. Nevertheless, there is a solution to protect you and your spouse in the event of a break-up or death: a concubine contract. When a woman first moved in with her partner, she had a modest income.
Her cohabitation contract provided that she had to pay alimony in the event of separation. . . .