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Common law relationships aren't the same as marriages

The end of a relationship is a rough time for anyone. If you have been in a common-law relationship and the relationship ends, you might want to know your rights. It is important to know that you don't have the same rights as a married couple, so you shouldn't turn to divorce law to determine what might happen. We understand that you likely have some questions that you need answered. We are here to help you get answers that allow you to make decisions about the end of the relationship.

When it comes to a common law relationship, property division is nothing like what it is during a divorce. Instead, the property goes to the person who purchased it. That could be a troublesome fact if you and your ex purchased items together. We can help you to learn how to handle those situations.

It is possible to seek financial support when a common law relationship ends. You must have had or adopted a child together or been living together for a minimum of three years for this to occur.

In almost all points of a common law relationship ending, you and your ex can work together through arbitration or mediation to come to an agreement. This is often preferable to having the court decide on these matters. We can help you to understand what rights you have, and we can represent your wishes when you are going through this process.

We know that this is likely an emotional time. We can help you to make decisions based on facts instead of on your emotions. This will probably help you along the way.

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