Couples Guide to Living Together

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					Table of Contents
How to use this guide .......................................................................................................... 2
Do I need a lawyer to prepare for living together? ............................................................. 2
How do I find a reputable law firm? ................................................................................... 2
Common Law Marriage Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ............................................ 4
  What is common law marriage? ..................................................................................... 4
  What states recognize common law marriage? ............................................................... 4
  Can I change my name if my marriage is by common law? ........................................... 5
Property Ownership and Unmarried Couples Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ........... 6
  When is it important for an unmarried couple to make a written property agreement? . 6
  What should a property agreement include? ................................................................... 6
  My partner makes a lot more money than I do. Should our property agreement cover
  who is entitled to his/her income and the items we purchase with it? ............................ 6
  What is palimony? And should we make any agreements about it?............................... 7
  Am I liable for the debts of my partner? ......................................................................... 7
  If one of us dies, how much property will the survivor inherit? ..................................... 7
  When do I need one?....................................................................................................... 8
  What should I include in a living together contract? ...................................................... 8
Domestic Partnership Benefits ............................................................................................ 9
Parenting for Unmarried Couples Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ........................... 10
  What steps must unmarried parents take to ensure that they both are considered the
  legal parents of the child? ............................................................................................. 10
  Does a child born to unmarried parents qualify for governmental benefits? ................ 10
  When an unmarried couple has a child, whose last name does the child take? ............ 10
  Can an unmarried couple adopt a child together? ......................................................... 10
  If a parent partners with someone who isn’t the child’s other parent, can the new parent
  partner adopt the child? ................................................................................................. 11
  Can both unmarried parents claim their child on their separate tax returns? ................ 11
  Can a person who isn’t a parent, but who plays a live-in parental role, take care of
  tasks like signing school permission slips or making medical decisions for the child? 11
  When unmarried parents separate, how does the breakup affect parenting rights and
  responsibilities?............................................................................................................. 12
  Health Care Directives and Financial Powers of Attorney for your Partner ................ 12
Health Care Directives ...................................................................................................... 13
Financial Powers of Attorney .........................................................................................
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: This document is intended to serve as a guide to couples who choose to live together. It sets forth answers to frequently asked questions that can arise, such as how will property be divided? Will the couple blend finances? Who will make health decisions on one party’s behalf should that party become sick? This guide seeks to inform couples about some of these common issues. This guide is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice.
This document is also part of a package Ultimate Guide for Marriage 14 Documents Included