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Common Law Marriage

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 in Florida.

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.

Contact a Jacksonville family law attorney from Hutchinson Law if you are concerned about your rights and property in a common law marriage situation.

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