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Unmarried Couples Archives

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.

Do you get benefits if you're not married?

Unmarried couples may decide not to tie the knot for many reasons. Perhaps they feel it's unnecessary, perhaps it's an expense they don't want to take on or maybe they've been married before and just don't want to go through it again. Either way, it creates a complex situation if one partner passes away. Does the other one have any claim to benefits or assets even though they weren't married?

Halle Berry to ask court for child support reduction

It is not uncommon for a Maryland parent who is tasked with making child support payments to feel as if the level of that financial obligation is too high. This belief is not always supported by fact, and many parents who go through divorce are not really aware of the true cost of raising a child, which can make payments appear excessive. There are cases, however, in which a child support agreement or court order results in payments that are not only more than what is necessary to support the care of one or more children, but which also create financial difficulties for the parent who is asked to make the payments.

Drafting a detailed and balanced child support order

For many unmarried parents in the state of Maryland, the end of their relationship brings on a wide range of legal concerns. Chief among these is the breakdown of the care and custody of their shared children. Reaching a child support agreement is one of the most pressing needs that a couple will face as the parties go their separate ways. It is imperative to ensure that the agreement is carefully considered and adequately detailed, in order to avoid challenge in the years to come.

Family law matters can challenge unmarried couples

Many Maryland residents are aware that unmarried couples can face problematic issues that those who are married may not need to consider in quite the same way. The type of family law matters that can challenge unmarried couples include the right to visit sick partners in the hospital, to make funeral arrangements for a partner who has died and many other health care and tax considerations. Some counties and states are trying to address these issues by providing extended rights to those who either cannot marry or choose not to for their own personal reasons.

Maryland family law matters: Cohabitation agreements a good idea

Unmarried couples in Maryland often find the prospect of dividing up their financial and personal assets after a breakup a difficult situation. Family law matters such as property division are often more straightforward for a married couple, since in the event that they can't work out issues between them, a family court judge will often step in to cast the deciding vote. However, couples who do not wish to marry can take steps to protect themselves in the event that a breakup does occur in the future.

Maryland family law matters: More couples choosing not to marry

Family law matters can seem more complicated in certain Maryland cases where a couple commingles most, if not all, aspects of their lives without actually taking the formal step of getting married. Divorce makes navigating most family law matters relatively straightforward, since a judge will make those decisions that splitting couples are not able to decide themselves. But trying to divvy everything up when a couple never legally wed can sometimes add an extra layer of complication to the entire process.

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