Common Law Marriages in Jacksonville, FL
When is a common law marriage recognized as legal?
The state of Florida is not one of the states that recognize common law
marriages as legal. There are, however, specific instances in which these
marriages may be considered legal. If, for example, the common law marriage
was begun in a state in which common law marriages are considered legal
and are recognized by law, the marriage will likely be recognized as legal
When dealing with the legal aspects of a common law marriage in the state,
it is critical that you get legal assistance from a Jacksonville family
law attorney to advise you of your rights and what should be done legally
to protect your property. At Hutchinson Law, we work closely with our
clients to help them determine the best approach to their specific situation
Contact our Jacksonville family lawyer today to discuss your case!
Avoiding Litigation with a Cohabitation Agreement
When two parties choose to live together without a marriage contract, this
can create legal problems in the future should one party die. In such
a case, it can cause havoc for the individual who remains, who now must
vacate the home that was shared (it they are not an owner) and may lose
all of their personal property and belongings in the process.
As the state does not recognize common law marriage, a legal battle can
ensue. Litigation, which often can be avoided with a carefully written
cohabitation agreement, can be very expensive.
Discuss Your Case with Hutchinson Law
The legal team at Hutchinson Law has helped countless individuals in the
Jacksonville area draft the legal agreements deemed necessary to protect
the rights of those who live together but never married. As the state
may recognize a common law marriage that was begun in a state in which
common law marriage is legal, it is possible that one party could lose
a large amount of their property or assets should a legal battle result
when the relationship ends.
Measures can be taken to protect your assets in a common law marriage situation
by the drafting of an agreement that is similar to a prenuptial agreement
in which the financial and property matters are fully detailed should
the relationship end. It is strongly advised that if you are living together
and unmarried that you protect your rights with a legal agreement drafted
by Hutchinson Law.
Jacksonville family law attorney
from Hutchinson Law if you are concerned about your rights and property
in a common law marriage situation.