You do not wish to abide by the rules of marriage, however, you wish to have an agreement on the terms and conditions of your union with a written contract? A common-law agreement could be the solution. This agreement can help define the terms and conditions of your contribution in the family life, the sharing of the family residence in accordance to each partner’s participation and personal loans between each other or the sharing of furniture in the outcome of a separation. This is an agreement between two adults that could be defended in the case of non-respect of the conditions. As the saying goes: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.