More and more people are living together, having children acquiring assets together and incurring joint debt without entering into a marriage. When unmarried couples part, a different set of rules apply to the disposition of their property and liabilities. Connecticut does not recognize common law marriage.
Unmarried couples who acquire assets and incur debts together are partners and the laws of partnership, not divorce, apply to the disposition of these obligations when the couples separate. It is a good idea to have a written partnership agreement in such cases but this is rarely done. Courts may view these relationships as business alliances and look at each party’s contributions to acquiring assets and incurring debt. Equitable consideration may not be applied here and outcome may seem harsh to one party or the other.
Issues of custody, parenting and support of children of unmarried couples are generally treated the same as if the couple were married.
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