Unmarried Couples with Children

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Unmarried couples in Connecticut may encounter the same custody and parenting issues as divorcing couples.

When there are children involved, the case is commenced with an Application for Custody. The custody and parenting issues, as well as child support, healthcare costs and college costs can be addressed through processes used by divorcing couples.

Many couples choose to work out a mutually agreeable arrangement, either in mediation or through a collaborative process. A contract between the parties can be enforced if either one does not comply with the agreed-upon provisions. We have found that this method for resolving issues for unmarried couples has worked well.

Unmarried couples do not have the benefit of certain favorable tax provisions for the transfer of income and assets, and thus any contract created must be done carefully.

Ben Callaghan