Connecticut law does not provide for common law marriages no matter how long parties have resided together or whether they held themselves out as married. If one is not married, then one cannot file a divorce action or a legal separation action. So what does one do when he or she wants to part ways with a long-term significant other?
Certain civil actions and remedies remain available to non-married parties. For example, if unmarried parties own a residence together, a partition action can be filed to address any disagreement as to each party’s ownership interest in the residence. What if the parties own a business together? What if they have children? What if one party has always supported the other? The array of civil remedies can be daunting and good legal advice is required.
Often separating parties can mediate the division of their assets either between themselves or with the assistance of a mediator. This process then results in signature of a civil contract providing for the division of the parties’ assets per a mutually agreed upon plan. One should note that non-married parties do not receive the preferential tax impact that accompanies division of assets in the divorce setting.
Our Family Law Practice Group can provide wise legal advice to address the issues that may arise when a long-term relationship ends. Our Family Law Practice Group also contains an experienced mediator if that is of service to you. Call now to set a consultation.