There are a variety of reasons that some couples choose not to marry, including financial, philosophical, political, and religious beliefs.
The courts are there to help unmarried couples with issues involving children, such as determining child support, custody, and parenting. However unlike married couples — and regardless of whether they have children — Connecticut couples that live together or own property together have to take affirmative legal steps in order to protect themselves and memorialize their intent with respect to property and finances. If they do not, they can wind-up without legal remedies or with inadequate legal remedies.
Cohabitation Agreements & Estate Planning
At Freed Marcroft, we guide unmarried couples through the process making sure their intentions are legally memorialized.
Connecticut unmarried couples, regardless of sexual orientation or relationship length, are classified as unrelated individuals in the eyes of the law. There is no common law marriage in Connecticut, so regardless of how long a couple has lived together, the courts do not recognize their relationship as a legal one.
A formal cohabitation agreement, at the outset or after you have moved in together, is the best way to protect yourself. It can address everything from distribution of property to sharing of expenses and debts.
In addition, unless proper planning is done, if one person dies, the survivor is not entitled to the legal rights and benefits afforded to married spouses. This means that the estate planning and medical documents that are essential for everyone are particularly important for unmarried couples.
We help unmarried clients plan for their futures via:
- Cohabitation Agreements
- Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, & Advanced Healthcare Directives (Living Wills)
If a Relationship Breaks Down
Freed Marcroft’s attorneys also advise clients regarding their legal rights if their relationship breaks down.
If a relationship involving unmarried parents ends, we help unmarried parents with the following:
With respect to property, when a cohabitation agreement was in place, we assist clients in working implementing that agreement. If there was not a cohabitation agreement, we assist clients in determining whether there is another available theory that would provide them with a legal remedy.
Life is unpredictable and no matter whether you are married or unmarried, with or without children, there is no better safeguard than being informed and preparing yourself as best as possible for the unexpected.
The attorneys at Freed Marcroft guide select clients and families through the legal issues relevant to unmarried couples and can help you plan for your future together and apart. To discuss our helping you, contact us today either here or by phone at 860-560-8160.