While married couples may enjoy a variety of financial benefits regarding tax breaks and spousal Social Security benefits, there are couples who prefer to remain unmarried while cohabiting. There are any number or reasons for foregoing the rings, the vows and the marriage license, but there is no avoiding most of the same economic realities experienced by married couples.
Much is made about the advantages enjoyed by couples who opt to sign prenuptial agreements before saying "I do." Creating a prenuptial agreement is a great way to clarify the rights and responsibilities held by each party during the marriage as well as how things should be handled in the event of a divorce.
If you and your spouse have arrived at a point in your marriage where you are questioning your future together, you may decide that a legal separation is the best way to help you get perspective. A separation allows married couples some time apart to assess their lives together and what life would be like if they should choose to divorce.
All couples have disagreements and sometimes these disagreements escalate to full-blown conflicts. And if violence should enter the equation, there are a number of laws, both state and federal, that are designed to help protect victims. Many of these laws contain stipulations that can place limitations on the alleged abuser. For example, a domestic abuse charge could affect the accused's right to own guns.