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Unmarried Couples Archives

Assert your rights as your child's father

In our previous blog post, we discussed how it is possible to challenge paternity in Maryland. This post discussed the options that a person who isn't the baby's father has to handle the situation. If you know that you are the baby's father, you should take action to assert your rights as the child's father. We can help you to learn about these options so that you can start a meaningful relationship with your child.

Unique challenges face unmarried couples

Unmarried couples face some very unique challenges. In our previous blog post, we discussed how fathers have very little say in what happens to the baby before he or she is born. This is because the law tends to lean more toward the mother's rights while she is pregnant. That is probably shocking to some expectant fathers.

Mothers usually have more rights before a child's birth

When you find out that you are going to become a father, your thoughts probably go toward what you are going to do for your child once he or she is born. Most fathers want what is best for their child and are willing to do what they have to do to make that happen. For some fathers, their hands are tied for a bit. This is because the mother of the child has almost sole rights to determine what happens to the child while she is pregnant.

Unmarried couples and domestic violence

Domestic violence can happen in any relationship. However, those who aren't married to their abusers may be worried about what will happen if they try to end the relationship. Anyone in a romantic relationship that has turned abusive can seek protection through the Maryland court system. You do not have to be married, engaged or living together.

Unmarried couples and the family courts

The number of unmarried couples has been increasing in the past decades, as more and more people decide to live together — often for years — before getting married. Much can happen during this time, from accumulating property and opening up joint bank accounts to buying a house together and having children. However, unlike those who are married, these couples face a unique set of issues if the relationship ends.

What every unmarried couple should know before buying a home

Many Maryland couples opt to move in together either before getting married or with no intention of getting married. This often involves purchasing a home together. When you purchase any property of value, but particularly a home, with another person, there are important legal considerations to keep in mind to protect your financial interests if the relationship ends or your partner dies.

Unmarried couples can and should have parenting agreements

Unmarried fathers have the right to seek custody and visitation of their biological children, just as married fathers do when they divorce their child's other parent. If legal paternity wasn't established when the child was born and the couple wasn't married, the father will need to take that step before seeking custody and/or visitation rights.

Moving in with your partner? Why you should have a 'no-nup'

An increasing number of couples in Maryland and throughout the country are deciding to live together instead of or before getting married. Without a marriage certificate, if you're combining your finances and sharing a home, there are some practical matters that you need to work out. Many certified financial planners as well as attorneys recommend that unmarried couples who decide to share a household draft a "no-nuptial agreement" or "no-nup." It's similar to a prenuptial agreement drawn up by engaged couples before they wed.