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Marriage/Domestic Partnerships/Civil Unions/Cohabitation/Palimony

ENFORCEABLE AGREEMENTS FOR COUPLES Solemnizing a relationship ensures legal rights for the parties. It offers protections and privileges that a committed couple can provide for each other. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage bans are unconstitutional and same sex couples can legally marry anywhere in the United States Read More

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The Alimony Debate

Alimony is financial support paid to a spouse when there is a divorce. It is not paid in all divorce cases. The general economic purpose of alimony is to prevent dependence on welfare benefits and to ensure that a spouse with significantly less income can maintain a reasonable standard of living. When a marriage ends Read More

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When one spouse has debt and the other spouse doesn’t want to file for bankruptcy

At Helfand & Associates, in addition to family law, we have been handling individual and small business bankruptcy cases for over 15 years. If a couple is married, they can file together and the cost is just modestly more than an individual bankruptcy although it includes the debts of both parties. Frequently, a couple even Read More

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What Happens to Gifts or Loans if the Couple Does Not Get Married?

Traditionally, when a man proposes marriage, he gives his fiancé an engagement ring. This ring is a gift in contemplation of marriage. It is not the same as other jewelry which are gifts that may be given in a dating relationship but does not carry with it the commitment to marry. If the couple breaks Read More

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