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DuPage County Lawyer For Unmarried Couples and Living Together Agreements

Naperville Family Law Attorneys Assisting Cohabiting Couples With Property Disputes and Child Issues

West Chicago Family Law Lawyers Representing Unmarried Couples

When a couple gets married, they decide to unify their lives, and marriage provides them with legal protection in the case of divorce. However, many couples live together without getting married, and as they share a household, they often intermingle their finances and property and share in parenting duties for their children. This means that in the case of a breakup, unmarried couples will need to resolve many of the same issues that married spouses face during a divorce.

When an unmarried couple decides to end their relationship, they will need to determine how to divide their assets and debts and resolve any issues related to children, such as the allocation of parental responsibilities and child support. In these cases, an experienced family law attorney can provide legal assistance, helping couples understand their rights and the issues that will need to be addressed.

Cohabitation Agreements

Unmarried couples can avoid difficult and costly disputes during a breakup by preparing a cohabitation agreement with the assistance of a family law attorney. These agreements can be made before or after a couple decides to live together, and they can address issues such as:

  • Each partner's share of household expenses
  • The division of property in the case of a breakup
  • Payment of mutual debts
  • Health insurance coverage
  • Parental responsibilities

Breakups Without a Cohabitation Agreement

Cohabitation agreements can help couples address the issues that may arise if they break up, but even couples who did not have the foresight to make such an agreement can reach a mutually satisfactory result when they decide to end their relationship. A knowledgeable family law attorney can work with couples to resolve issues of property division, debt allocation, parental responsibility, and child support without the need for litigation. By working together with an attorney, couples can avoid the negative consequences of a breakup, such as:

  • Loss of equity in real estate owned by either party
  • Liability for debts
  • Decreased credit scores
  • Bankruptcy

Contact a DuPage County Attorney for Unmarried Couples

If you are planning to move in with your partner, or if you and your partner are already living together, creating a cohabitation agreement can help you avoid a great deal of difficulty should relationship troubles arise in the future. If you would like to know your options for creating an agreement, or if you are considering a breakup with an unmarried partner and want to know your rights and responsibilities, the experienced, compassionate attorneys at Anderson and Associates, P.C. can provide the legal help you need to achieve a positive outcome to your situation. Contact our Wheaton law offices at 630-653-9400 to schedule an initial consultation.

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