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Cohabitation Agreements

Many couples in New Hampshire choose to live together, have children, buy property and make a life together without getting married. It is important to realize that the law does not provide these couples with the same rights that it does for married couples. To make sure you and your family are protected, you should talk to an experienced attorney about creating a cohabitation agreement.

Protecting the Rights of Unmarried Couples in New Hampshire
At Schwartzberg Law, we help clients create cohabitation agreements that define each partner's rights and responsibilities toward each other and their children, if necessary. With more than 30 years of experience, attorney Ora Schwartzberg has the ability to work with unmarried couples to understand their goals and then create documents designed to help them achieve those goals.

Why Are Cohabitation Agreements Important?
Simply put, unmarried couples do not have of the same legal rights and privileges married couples have. Therefore, unmarried couples have to take the initiative. They have to take steps to give themselves rights contractually that the state does not provide.

At our firm, we draft comprehensive cohabitation agreements that are tailored to each couple's needs. The agreements that we create can answer questions like:

  • •   What happens if one of us becomes incapacitated? Who makes end-of-life decisions?
  • •   What happens to property and debt if the relationship ends?
  • •   What should the child custody arrangements be if the relationship ends?
  • •   How should an inheritance by one partner be handled?
  • These are just a few of the things that should be thought about and addressed in a cohabitation agreement. When you visit Schwartzberg Law, we will sit down with you, listen to your wishes and goals, and create an agreement that serves your best interests.


    Prenuptial Agreements

    Planning Ahead for Peace of Mind
    In the past, prenuptial agreements were viewed as something that people signed when they were not really sure that their marriage would last. Today, these agreements are recognized as what they truly are: useful tools used to explain what should happen to a couple's property if the marriage ends in divorce or death.

    At Schwartzberg Law, we have met the needs of families in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. We have built a reputation as a firm that provides compassionate, effective service that is tailored to each client's unique needs. If you are thinking about a prenuptial agreement, we can help you explore your options and build a plan that protects your rights.

    Why Have a Prenuptial Agreement?
    A prenuptial agreement can ease the process of divorce, should it come to that. By laying out what should happen to property and debt, you can largely avoid the contentious court battles that are so frequent in property division matters. In fact, your relationship can be strengthened by having an honest, open discussion about assets and debts by eliminating possible sources of mistrust.

    Schwartzberg Law has drafted prenuptial agreements for clients who have a variety of needs, such as:

  • •   Protecting separate property
  • •   Ensuring that children from a previous marriage receive an inheritance
  • •   Deciding what should happen to a jointly owned business
  • Prenuptial agreements must be very well drafted in order to hold up in court. We know how to create documents that will be enforceable and withstand court scrutiny.