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Living Together More Acceptable by Americans Survey Says

Living Together More Acceptable by Americans Survey SaysAmericans 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 The Republic in Columbus, Indiana, the government asked thousands of teens and younger adults what they thought about changes in U.S. family relationships. The results released Thursday indicate a drastic shift in attitudes over a decade about cohabiting, same-sex relationships and divorce.  

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If You Live Together for 7 Years are You Married in Massachusetts?

My Boyfriend and I Have Been Living Together for 7 Years. Are We Married?

common law marriage massachusettsThis is an excellent and very common question. It’s a widespread misconception that if a couple lives together for 7 years or more in Massachusetts then they are considered married under common law. Massachusetts, however, does not recognize common law marriage.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived together for 7 years, 10 years or 30 years. Under Massachusetts law there is no common law marriage.

What Does This Mean to Me?

What it basically means is that no matter how long you’ve lived together in a relationship there are no real legal protections for you and the contributions you’ve made to the relationship if you break up or if one of you dies.

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If You Live Together for 7 Years are You Married in Massachusetts?

My Boyfriend and I Have Been Living Together for 7 Years. Are We Married?

Couple having relationship problemsThis is an excellent and very common question. It’s a widespread misconception that if a couple lives together for 7 years or more in Massachusetts then they are considered married under common law. Massachusetts, however, does not recognize common law marriage.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived together for 7 years, 10 years or 30 years. Under Massachusetts law there is no common law marriage.

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What is a Massachusetts Cohabitation Agreement?

Women who fill out the contractMassachusetts 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 how property is split up between them.

Cohabitation agreements are written contracts between partners who are living together. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided that it would recognize the benefits to be gained by encouraging unmarried cohabitants to enter into these written agreements called cohabitation agreements. A cohabitation agreement will govern a couple’s affairs when the relationship is terminated for whatever reason, including breaking up and death of a partner.

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Living Together: How Can I Protect My Property Rights?

Women who fill out the contractMassachusetts 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 living together break-up there are no real rules about how to split up their property.

When cohabiting couples break up some of the biggest challenges are dividing up the cash in the bank accounts and figuring out who has a right to the real estate.

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