Could a cohab agreement keep couples together?

Break-ups are more common if you are unmarried because there "isn't that sort of mental and legal commitment", said Sheri Jacobson, a psychotherapist at Harley Therapy.

She suggested that married couples have more pressure to stay together because of the legal commitment.

However, if unmarried couples want a legal contract, they can draw up a DIY cohabitation agreement, which would allocate assets should they break up.

Ms Jacobson's comments come after a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that marriage does not make relationships between parents more stable.

"Just because you are committing to each other by a ceremony and in the eyes of the law, [that] doesn't make the relationship qualitatively any greater," the expert explained.

She said that a stable relationship is built by "sharing values, sharing life goals, embracing life with all its joys and possibilities and giving each other the necessary space while still supporting each other".

Posted by Morag Lyall

Published on: July 9, 2010

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