When two people decide to live together, but not to marry, they will often want to create a contract which defines the financial and other property aspects of their relationship. Without an agreement, and assuming your relationship meets court-defined standards, the court will distribute their income and property acquired during the relationship equitably. To more clearly determine how assets will be distributed and used upon separation or one partner's death, couples often choose to enter into a contract defining their rights and desired outcome. This is what is known as a “Cohabitation Agreement” or “Living Together Agreement.”
FAQ: Cohabitation Agreements in Seattle and Washington State
What happens to the stuff we acquire while we are together?
A properly executed Cohabitation Agreement should control how your assets are divided. If you don't have a written agreement, you should try to come to an agreement amicably. We have mediators who can help you do this. If you have to go to court, the court will divide assets and liabilities equitably under the circumstances of your relationship.
Is there alimony or spousal maintenance when unmarried couples split?
No. Alimony or spousal maintenance can only be awarded if there is a marriage.
Will the court punish a person who cheats on their partner?
No. Washington in a no-fault state. The property will be divided equitably without regard to infidelity.