New York couples who are not married, but may live together, have children together, and/or own property together are not immune to family law related issues. If you and your partner rent or own property together, deciding who is responsible for fees, whether or not the property will be sold, or who will take over possession of the residence are all questions that should be addressed in advance to avoid potential future conflict. Having the difficult but necessary conversation now, if done properly, will enhance communication in the relationship and is a first step in smart planning for the future.
It is crucial that you understand your legal rights if your relationship breaks down and you are unmarried and have children with your partner. Having an experienced attorney prepare a formalized agreement will help ensure your rights and wishes are protected and save you from future uncertainty and expensive legal fees.
Life is unpredictable and no matter what the circumstances are: married or unmarried, with or without children, there is no better safeguard than being informed and preparing yourselves as best as possible for the unexpected. A family law attorney will help you understand the legal issues relevant to unmarried couples and can help you plan for your future together and apart.
Deborah Wayne’s practice handles the following domestic issues relating to unmarried couples:
- Adoption, Custody, and Visitation
- Child Support
- Eligibility to qualify as a family member for health benefits, life insurance benefits, etc.
- Domestic Partnership Agreements
- Parenting Agreements
- Estate Planning/Wills
- Real estate transactions