There is no guarantee any relationship will work out in the long run. Unwed couples who live together and/or share financial responsibilities may want to consider creating a relationship agreement.
A relationship agreement has no official or legal guidelines. The length can range from a list of bullet points to 15 pages; and while the agreement is not legally binding, it can help maintain a relationship.
What Relationship Agreements Cover
Generally, a relationship agreement covers what a couple is seeking to gain from the relationship. Each person writes a list of what they need from the relationship and, with the help of a relationship agreement attorney, a relationship contract is drawn up that will stay with them for the duration of their time together.
Relationship agreements generally include subjects most likely to cause strife, such as:
- Division of bills
- Time spent together
- Relationship goals
Some agreements even tackle big-picture questions like ‘What if I land my dream job in a different state?’. Agreements are as unique as the couples creating them, but they all aim to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Breaking an Agreement
Although relationship agreements are not legally binding, there are still ways to make sure they are upheld.
While these agreements mostly work to make sure a couple is on the same page in their relationship, they can also be used to ensure each person honors their commitment to responsibilities if the relationship comes to an end. For example, when you and your ex-partner wrote the agreement it was stated that you would each pay rent for the apartment you share. However, after you break up, your ex decides to move out and stops paying their portion of the rent. Since you have it in writing that your ex agreed to pay half the rent for the duration of your rental contract, you and your attorney can take your ex to court to get them to honor the agreement.
Reach Out to Goldweber Epstein LLP
If you and your significant other are thinking about drawing up a relationship agreement, contact our firm today. We will work with both of you to ensure your wishes are heard and your financial responsibilities are clearly laid out.
Contact us online or call our firm at (917) 809-7669 for a consultation!