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More couples than ever before are choosing to live together before marriage. Some couples opt to share their lives without getting married at all. Regardless of the ultimate goal of the relationship, unmarried couples may have certain rights and obligations under family law . If you are an unmarried couple and have questions about how family law affects you, you may wish to speak with a qualified attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and obligations .
Unmarried Couples and Property
One of the primary ways in which unmarried couples may be affected by family law is with regards to property. Unmarried couples should consider the following:
Unmarried Couples and Financial Obligations
Unmarried couples may also face a number of issues regarding finances, including financial obligations to one another and to any child who is a product of the relationship.
Generally, unmarried couples have no legal obligation to one another unless they have a contract or agreement stating otherwise. On the other hand, if both parties of the unmarried couple are established as the legal parents of a child, then they both will be held financially responsible for that child and may be ordered to pay child support . Paternity and/or child custody may also be at issue with regard to the separation of an unmarried couple.
Unmarried couples need to make sure their rights are protected when it comes to these and other important matters. If you are an unmarried couple and want to make sure your legal interests are protected, it is best to seek the counsel of an experienced family law attorney who can help you understand your rights . Contact us to speak with one of our qualified family law attorneys – FREE of charge.
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