Studies show that the number of couples that choose to live together without
getting married has tripled over the past two decades. Depending on what
state you reside in, you may or may not be entitled to some of the same
legal privileges that your married counterparts enjoy.
In some states, a common law marriage gives a couple legal benefits after
a certain period of time. If a couple has been living together as a committed
couple for the minimum period of time required by a common law marriage,
they can then become eligible for certain legal rights. Even if you never
plan on marrying your partner, you will want to seriously consider completing a
cohabitation agreement that grants partner rights and protections.
In the case of a separation or death, a cohabitation agreement outlines
what will happen to each party. This can be anything from issues concerning
children from the current or past relationship, property, hospital visitation
rights and other legal concerns.
Have questions about this type of legal contract? Speak with a lawyer from
our team that practices family law. To enlist the services of a
Jacksonville family lawyer from our firm,
contact Hutchinson Law today.