Cohabitation Mediation Santa Barbara

Cohabitation Mediation

An increasing number of couples are choosing to live together without getting married. What they may not think about is what consequences flow from the very act of cohabiting, and the difficulties that can arise if the couple breaks up or one partner dies: who keeps the house or apartment if you split; how does the property get divided; will the survivor inherit anything if a partner dies, or will it all go to the dead partner’s family; if one partner has stayed out of the workforce to care for children or the other partner, will there be any support if they split; etc.

Couples Living Together

Cohabitation Mediation for Couples Living together in Santa Barbara

I have extensive experience working with gay, lesbian, and straight couples who choose to live together without marriage, or who are unable to be married. I help clients arrive at agreements that will give them the protections that the law does not otherwise provide. When domestic partners separate, I can assist them to sort out those same issues and the legal consequences of their separation.


I have referred many clients to Robin Masson over the years. She is very skilled as a mediator and brings an impressive amount of experience, insight, and dedication to her work. She is sensitive to the needs of each set of mediation clients and tailors each mediation to allow for maximum progress. Her completed agreements are well written and easy for clients to understand. Robin is a mediator you can count on to provide an organized and respectful atmosphere for working through conflict.
Erin E. McKinley, Esq.
Lawyer & Mediator

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