Unmarried Couples

Recent Posts in the Unmarried Couples Category

  • Financial Obligations of Ending a Long-Term Relationship

    Financial Obligations of Ending a Long-Term Relationship Married couples aren’t the only ones entitled to legal rights after a breakup, at least not in Washington state. Although Washington law doesn’t recognize common law marriage, it does protect the rights of certain unmarried couples through the doctrine of “Committed Intimate Relationship.” Although these relationships aren’t legally recognized, couples involved in intimate relationships can seek recourse in court for property and liability distribution. If you were involved in a committed, long-term relationship and you and ...
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  • Who Has Child Custody When Parents Are Unmarried?

    Who Has Child Custody When Parents Are Unmarried? Ending a relationship is always challenging, especially when you and your significant other share children together. Unfortunately, figuring out how to divide parenting time isn’t nearly as easy as it is to determine who gets to keep the silverware or the furniture. You need to consider each parent's parental rights, their relationship with your child, and several other factors. If you are trying to figure out what will happen to your child custody arrangement after a break-up, make sure you know which factors the court ...
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  • The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples

    The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples Unmarried couples have different rights than married couples. But, if you're living together as an unmarried couple and your relationship is ending, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. If you want to end an unmarried relationship: If you are living with someone in an unmarried relationship and are thinking about ending the relationship, do you know your rights? If you would describe your relationship as marital-like, if you commingled finances, or if you have children together, it is advisable to consult with a ...
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  • Unmarried couples living together: What are your legal rights?

    Unmarried couples living together: What are your legal rights? In place of common law marriage, Washington recognizes committed intimate relationships (also known as meretricious relationships). These are relationships that mimic a marriage and give you legal rights without being married. If you and your partner have been together intimately for several years, have lived in the same residence during that time, and possibly have children together, an estate plan, or joint purchases, bank accounts or debt, then you have a good argument that you meet the requirements of a committed ...
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  • Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies

    Your Rights When a Domestic Partner Dies In the United States, cohabitating partners (couples who live together) have many of the same property rights as they would if they were legally married. However, most of these laws apply to couples who are breaking up. If a partner dies, these property rights may not transfer to the surviving partner unless the other partner had an estate plan or the couple filed for a State Registered Domestic Partnership (SRDP). Factors to Consider If you lost a partner and were unmarried, you probably have concerns about his / her estate ...
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  • How Living Together Affects Child Support and Spousal Maintenance

    How Living Together Affects Child Support and Spousal Maintenance What Happens to Child Support and Spousal Maintenance if You Cohabitate During or After Divorce? Couples going through a divorce are often unclear as to what legal effect, if any, moving in with a new partner will have on their legal rights. Most commonly, there is a concern that co-habitation (living with a new boyfriend or girlfriend in a ‘marriage-like’ arrangement) might affect a spousal maintenance award or the amount of child support that is to be paid or received. The following provides general information for ...
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  • How to Divorce if You are Unsure You are Legally Married...and What to do if You're Not

    It should go without saying that a person must be legally married in order to obtain a divorce. If you are facing the prospect of separating from your spouse, but are unsure of the legal status of your marriage, you must determine whether your marriage was properly registered according the law of the state or country in which your marriage ceremony was performed. Review County Records In Washington State If you were married in the State of Washington, your marriage certificate must have been recorded with the ...
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  • Why Prenup Should Never Be A Dirty Word

    Why Prenup Should Never Be A Dirty Word We’re in Love. Why Do We Need a Prenup? If you are part of a couple contemplating marriage, a prenuptial agreement (prenup) may be one of the last things on your mind. This is understandable, as no one usually seeks to marry intending for this relationship to be over one day. However, the belief that discussing or entering into a prenuptial agreement somehow equates to confidence the relationship will eventually end is misguided. Consideration of a prenuptial agreement can be an important step in the progression of your ...
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