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Questions about Live-in Relationships Law

Live-in relationships may be a convenient way to cohabitate, but they can often leave people wondering about legal implications of ending a live-in relationship, the difference between a live-in relationship and a marriage, and a number of other legal issues. Questions arising out of this lack of clarity are quite natural. Below are five of the most common questions about live-in relationships, answered by Lawyers on JustAnswer.

Both partners in a live-in relationship started a business together, with only one name on the business license. Subsequently, the relationship ended but one party retained and ran the business. If such a business acquires debt and IRS back taxes, what are the legal implications?

If the debt is so high that it cannot be repaid, the only option is for the person with the business registered in their name to file for bankruptcy. Many times liens and levies can be stopped due to financial hardship. However, proving this can cost a lot of money in legal fees. Hiring a bankruptcy attorney can possibly help discharge the IRS tax debt. If you have other legal, debt, or tax questions about live-in relationships, you can seek the opinion of Lawyers on JustAnswer.

If partners in a live-in relationship of over 3 years bought a dog together, who gets the dog after separation?

The law considers a dog to be property. It is not akin to a child where custody or visitation rights can be established. Your sole remedy may be a lawsuit seeking possession of the dog, or half the value of the dog — as deemed appropriate by the court. Small claims might be the appropriate venue to resolve such situations.

In Canada, if partners in a common law live-in relationship buy a house together, what are the legal rights when the house is sold after the relationship ends?

In Canada, common law spouses do not have property rights. You could claim an interest in the value of the asset if you contributed to its value. The presumption is that each of you retains what is in your name and share equally what is in both your names. However, this presumption could be rebutted. While it is not easy to prove, if a partner establishes disproportionately high contribution to the value of the house he / she may be able to claim more than 50% of the value. If your partner was supporting you, you may be entitled to some spousal support. The legal course of action can depend greatly on your specific situation. Family Lawyers on JustAnswer can clarify legal issues and help you find the right course of action.

After 20 years of divorce, if the ex has a live-in boyfriend, will alimony stop in Alabama, since it is a common law marriage state?

The amended Fla. Stat. s. 61.14, ‘authorizes the court to terminate an award of alimony where the court has made specific written findings, as proven by the payer through a preponderance of the evidence, that a "supportive relationship" exists between the recipient and a person with whom the recipient resides who is not related by consanguinity or affinity.’

Provisions of the amendment identify a variety of criteria to be used in determining whether a supportive relationship exists. These provide an alternate method for a court to terminate alimony without requiring the court to make a change in financial circumstances. In determining whether a supportive relationship exists, the court might consider some of the following factors:

• Whether the obliged and the other person hold themselves out as a married couple, engaging in conduct such as using the same last name and a common mailing address, referring to each other as "my husband" or "my wife," or otherwise conducting themselves in a manner that evidences a permanent supportive relationship;
• The length of time that the obliged has resided in a permanent place of abode with another person who is not related by blood or affinity;
• The extent to which the obliged and other person have combined their assets or income or have otherwise demonstrated financial interdependence;

Many times the court will stop alimony if the court sees that the couple is living in a common law marriage, and the person receiving financial support is not in a situation where alimony is needed any longer.

If I have a live-in relationship with my rental tenant while retaining the rental agreement, what is the legal implication?

The "live-in" relationship should not affect the rental agreement. In other words, the rental agreement is still enforceable by both parties. Usually a "live-in" relationship is considered contractual. If you both want to be clear about your rights as live-in partners, then you should consider putting them in writing as well. If you have legal questions about live in relationships, the Experts on JustAnswer can help.

Having a live in relationship is common in today’s society. However, living together can lead to legal complications that were not considered at the start of the living arrangement. Family Law Experts on JustAnswer can help answer your questions on any type of live in relationship issue.

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