Relationships Outside of Marriage

When a couple chooses to live together without being married, there are still legal rights and obligations that may be attached to both individuals, depending upon the purpose, length, financial resource sharing, and how they have presented themselves to the public. Often times, a long term relationship evolves into a legal relationship with community property-like ownership of assets and responsibilities for debt. If one person sacrifices his or her career to raise a family or support the other person's career, the dissolution of that relationship is often treated the same as if they were married. This can be a complex area of law that is very fact dependent as to its applicability. You should consult an attorney on your situation to get guidance concerning your legal rights.

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