FAMILY LAW FIRM IN MARION, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, PRACTICING IN DIVORCE, CHILD CUSTODY, MODIFICATION, SPOUSAL SUPPORT, SUPER LAWYERS AND LEADING LAWYER NETWORK
As family law attorneys who have much experience handling cases in Marion, Jackson, Effingham and Jefferson counties, Illinois, clients are aware that the laws covering married couples that divorce do not usually apply to unmarried couples who separate except in certain cases. Parties should consider the possibility of a premarital agreement, or a carefully drafted partnership agreement or some written documentation that will govern what occurs in the event they have disputes. We have represented couples in regard to break-ups, including what is worked out as uncontested issues as well as cases litigated in court. Although unmarried couples may not have property rights or other assets if they separate, in many situations the unmarried couples may own property, including real estate, in both names, or other assets as well. We generally consider a cohabitation agreement in regard to nonmarried couples. Unmarried couples take certain risks when they purchase a home. You have to be careful in the event there could be determination that there was an agreement to marry and that the agreement has been breached. In terms of child custody, unmarried parents, mother and father, have the same child custody rights as married couples. We have represented clients in homosexual and same sex marriage, when they move from each other, including in regard to custody of a child.