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Purchasing options can affect property disputes

20774363_S.jpgWhen you and your significant other have been together for an extended period of time, it is likely that you may purchase a large asset together, such as a house. This will likely occur when your relationship is in a healthy and happy state, but you should still consider the consequences should you break up in the future. Unmarried couples' property disputes can be difficult to handle. The way in which you and your partner decide to purchase this property could be the difference between a relatively simple breakup and a serious legal battle.

Handling property disputes for domestic partnerships

31399339_S.jpgWhile some divorces end with both parties on good terms, many divorces are a messy business with both sides wanting to walk away from the relationship with more than the other. This is one of the reasons that the courts step in, to divide things like assets and child custody in a way that is fair to both parties based on the circumstances. But as messy as divorce can be, unmarried domestic partners who split up have it even worse in many ways.

Domestic partnerships could still cause property disputes

7563485_S.jpgUnmarried couples who live together can easily run into some trouble if things do not work out. Couples who spend months or years of their lives together may establish many foundations and accrue assets, and if the couple ends up splitting, the joint-life they were living will have to be divided between the two of them. This can often lead to property disputes wherein hostilities increase as couples vie for ownership of their assets.

How do you divide property as an unmarried couple?

6235806_S.jpgFor some couples, marriage is the heart of their relationship, cementing their love for one another. However, for many others, it is simply an expensive ceremony with too many strings attached. For others in some states, couples who would love to marry are not permitted to under law.

Property disputes can and should be handled legally

6860409_S.jpgWhen married couples divorce, it is an understood concept that the courts will divide their assets in the divorce settlement, granting different assets to each party for various reasons. Usually, this is not an issue for unmarried couples, who simply pack their belongings and go their separate ways. However, it is becoming increasingly common for unmarried couples to engage in long-term domestic partnerships in which it can become difficult to determine just whose property is whose. Fortunately, there are legal options for dividing property that couples should consider taking advantage of, lest somebody take matters into their own hands in an extreme way.

How does the law treat unmarried couples?

25006503_S.jpgFor one reason or another, you and your significant other may decide that marriage is not right for you. This is a fairly common occurrence, wherein couples live together but don't officially marry. Of course, if unmarried couples split up, they cannot divorce. This can make the separation easier in many ways, but it can also lead to difficult situations such as property disputes.

Unmarried couples can divide assets with legal help in Missouri

29564457_S.jpgThere are many couples across the United States who live together, but, for one reason or another, choose not to get married. While a separation is obviously never the desired outcome, not being married can make the process much easier if a breakup should occur. Divorce proceedings may require complex litigation, whereas breaking up can be as easy as walking out the door. However, depending on how long couples lived together, things may not be that simple.

Many children born to unmarried couples in recent years

18631489_S.jpgFor some couples, marriage is an important next step in their relationship. For others, it is also a religious matter or even a matter of propriety. More and more, however, couples are deciding against going down the marriage road. For some, it is a matter of legality, as same-sex marriages are not available in every state. Others simply don't feel that marriage is for them. Whatever the case, unmarried couples are not uncommon in Missouri.

Man kidnaps ex-girlfriend�s child to regain his property

9691826_S.jpgMoving in with your partner is a wonderful time, full of happiness and exciting new lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, not all relationships work out, and couples who once lived together happily might end up splitting, sometimes even violently. In these instances, it can often be difficult to discern property ownership, and even once ownership is identified, claiming assets from angry or hurt ex-lovers can be a difficult process. You may think that you are alone in this struggle, but you should know that you have legal options, and you don't need to resort to aggressive tactics to recover personal property.

Unmarried couples keep their personal assets under Missouri law

24005243_S.jpgMany consider marriage as an inevitable part of life. But some people find that they don't want to get married, for any number of reasons, whether it is because they haven't found love or they don't feel it is necessary to legally document their relationship. There's nothing wrong with not being married, and in some instances, it may be a good thing.

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