Helping unmarried couples understand their rights

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Unmarried Couples on Thursday, August 27, 2015.

There are many aspects of the law that can be extremely confusing for married couples and families in the event of a divorce, such as child custody and property division. However, as difficult as these issues can be for divorcing couples, they are often more complex for unmarried couples, who still must answer these questions if they break up or separate. Unlike divorces, where the law is often quite clear, disputes between unmarried couples can be extremely difficult to understand.

In many states, the line of asset division is quite clear, whether marital assets be divided right down the middle or relative to each party’s contribution to the marriage. But when a couple is not married, their property is not considered marital property, even if they purchased it together and both made regular use of the property. This means that if your significant other bought you a television for your birthday, he or she could use the receipt as proof that the TV is not yours in the event of a breakup.

Of course, there is more to the separation of an unmarried couple than just material property. Things like real estate and joint bank accounts can also cause serious issues, as couples fight to determine who gets to keep the apartment or how much money should be divided from the joint account. If the couple had a child together, things can be even more complex.

In order to ensure that you are not mistreated or swindled out of property that is yours or time with your child that you deserve, please visit our website. Missouri residents can see for themselves how we can provide crucial legal aid to help them establish ownership of a property, allowing them to move on from a relationship without sacrificing significant parts of their lives.

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