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Questions couples may want to ask about cohabitation

Cohabitation is more common and accepted than it has been in the past, and many couples choose it when they don’t want to deal with the legal and financial sides of a marriage. Further, staying unmarried means a split can be easier and faster if and when it comes. However, there are some things that […]

Unmarried couples, children, and tax returns

If you and your significant other are not married and you’re filing your tax returns separately, you’re both going to be thinking about your child, as you do get a bit of a tax break if you have a kid. However, it is very important to note that you are not both allowed to claim […]

DOES A FATHER HAVE A RIGHT TO SEE A MOTHER’S HEALTH INFORMATION?

Clearly, if a woman who is pregnant gives her consent to allow the unborn child’s father to see the results of health tests and checkups, he’s allowed to see them. However, can he still see them–on the grounds that it is also his child–if she doesn’t want him to? In short, he cannot. Laws have […]

DOMESTIC-PARTNER BENEFITS BEING CUT AFTER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE LAWS

Last summer, on June 26, same-sex marriage became legal. This came two years after the Defense of Marriage Act, which said that marriage could only be between men and women, was declared unconstitutional. These rulings created significant changes for couples who had wanted to marry and previously not been allowed to do so. However, the […]

UNMARRIED COUPLES MAY WANT A COHABITATION PROPERTY AGREEMENT

For unmarried couples in Arizona, there are not many legal rights that extend to the relationship, even if the two people are quite dedicated to each other and have been together longer than many people have been married. Therefore, it may be worth considering a cohabitation property agreement. It can lay down some regulations about the […]

WHO GETS THE HOUSE WHEN AN UNMARRIED PARTNER DIES?

When a spouse dies, the family home goes to the other spouse in most cases. But what happens when a partner dies who was not married, even if they have been in a committed relationship in Arizona for years? The answer depends on the way that the property was owned. If the person who died […]

UNMARRIED COUPLES MAY USE DOMESTIC PARTNER AGREEMENTS

Are you and your partner in a committed, long-term relationship, but are you still not ready to get married? Perhaps you’ve been divorced before and you don’t want to go through it again, or maybe you just don’t see the point in getting married—it can be expensive—if you don’t have to. Some couples stay together […]

PROTECTING YOUR FUTURE AS A UNMARRIED COUPLE IN ARIZONA

Many cohabitating couples throughout the nation are increasingly choosing to live together without getting married. This could potentially pose several problems for cohabitating couples living in Arizona. The “Grand Canyon state” currently does not recognize common-law marriage. This could potentially mean that even if you lived with a person for 20 years, you still would […]

CAN I BUY OUT MY EX-PARTNERS INTERESTS IN OUR HOME?

Marriage may simply not be the best option for some couples who live together due to their current living arrangements or lifestyles. For whatever reason, some people choose to cohabitate for decades without ever tying the knot. Sadly, too many of those couples come to realize after a breakup that they do not enjoy some […]

CELEBRITY’S EMBRYO DISPUTE OF IMPORTANCE FOR UNMARRIED COUPLES

Unmarried couples in Arizona often face many legal challenges. A recent dispute between popular actress Sofia Vergara and her former fiancé has brought one of those issues into public awareness. Currently, the celebrity actress is now embroiled in a dispute with her millionaire ex-fiancé regarding the custody of some frozen embryos the couple created during […]

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