Living together

    • Brief

    • Couples, with or without children, can decide whether they want to live together.

    • Couples have options

    • They can:

      • Get married or enter into a legally registered partnership (legal contract).
      • Live together without marriage or a legal contract.

      When you enter a legally registered partnership, you sign a contract. You can also sign a standard contract or have a personal contract prepared by a notary. The rights and obligations are different to those of a marriage contract.

      Some couples have a relationship, but they do not live together. This kind of relationship is called 'living apart together'.