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Living Together More Acceptable by Americans Survey Says

Americans have become more accepting of couples living together before marriage and same sex relationships according to government survey results released yesterday. The same survey shows, though, that Americans have grown less comfortable with divorce. In an article reported by…

Am I Responsible for My Spouse’s Debts in a Second Marriage?

Dartmouth Massachusetts Wills & Trusts Lawyer Answers Critical Question: Is my new spouse responsible for my debts in a second marriage? The Living Together Law Center, Attorney Andrew Garcia, is an advocate for partners who are living together in committed…

Living Together May Soon Become Lawful in Florida

Living Together May Soon Become Lawful in Florida   In recent news, Fox 25 reports that unmarried couples may soon be allowed to legally live together in Florida. A measure to get rid of a law that’s been on the…

New NJ Law Attempts to Define Living Together

N.J. identified 8 factors that courts can use to determine if a couple is living together. How can a Massachusetts couple who are living together protect themselves after a break up? Read on…

What is a Massachusetts Cohabitation Agreement?

What is a Massachusetts Cohabitation Agreement? Massachusetts law does not recognize common law marriage. So when couples who have been living together (or cohabiting) decide to break up or when one suddenly dies, there is no “rule book” that controls…

Living Together: How Can I Protect My Property Rights?

Living Together: How Can I Protect My Property Rights? Massachusetts does not recognize “common law” marriage. Even if you’ve lived together for 7 years, Massachusetts doesn’t recognize the doctrine. Since there’s no common law marriage, when couples who have been…

How to Protect Your Kids’ Inheritance in a Second Marriage

Why Second Marriage Estate Planning is Critical When you get remarried in Massachusetts having an estate plan becomes even more critical because without proper legal planning state law will control how your assets get passed on. If you have children…