The Rights Of Unmarried Couples In New Jersey
In the past, if a couple lived together for a certain length of time, they were considered to have a “common-law marriage.” However, that rule no longer applies. The only way to attain the rights and privileges of a married couple is to get legally married. This does not mean that unmarried couples are left without any rights when they break up. Issues concerning support, child custody and paternity may still need to be settled. It is important to have an experienced lawyer in your corner to help you navigate the legal processes.
At the Law Office of Edward Fradkin, LLC, our attorney brings more than 20 years of legal experience to family law cases. If you have questions concerning your rights in an unmarried relationship, call us at 732-702-0612 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Custody, Support And Property Division Determinations
If an unmarried couple has a child together and they have both asserted their parental rights, issues concerning child custody will be determined much in the same way that they would following a divorce. If parents are unable to agree on a custody plan, the court will reach a determination that is in the child’s best interests. The court applies a number of different factors depending on the facts of the case in order to decide what is in the child’s best interest. Legal guidance is essential when it comes to child custody issues.
Guidelines set forth by the state determine child support payment amounts. However, the expected amount can change depending upon each parent’s circumstances. Spousal support, or alimony, is not available to unmarried couples. However, palimony may be awarded to a long-term partner when a relationship has come to an end. We can let you know what your options are when it comes to palimony.
When it comes to property division, the court will attempt to reach a fair result. There is no specific set of factors that courts will turn to when making a decision, but some things they may consider include whether a couple lived together, had joint banking accounts, made joint purchases or otherwise possessed an equal interest in their property.
In some cases, there may be a question as to who a child’s biological father is. Determining paternity can benefit both parents. The mother can request financial support from the father. The father can assert his parental rights and enjoy a relationship with his child. We represent both mothers and fathers in paternity proceedings.
Contact Us For Help Protecting Your Interests
The end of a relationship does not necessarily mean that you will be left with nothing. To find out how we can help protect your interests, call our law office in Freehold at 732-702-0612 for a free initial consultation. You may also contact us online.