Options other than marriage for opposite sexed couple

My boyfriend (opposite sexed couple) and I have lived together for about three years, we also have a child together (we are both the biological parents) We were wondering if there are any other legal unions that we can persue other than marriage. We would like to be legally recognized as the family that we are but we are not ready to be married yet. Are there any other options for us, I understand that this may vary depending on location we currently reside in escambia county florida.


Asked over 7 years ago in Pensacola, Florida
Categories: Family

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Lesly C Longa

Answer by Lesly C Longa

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The only legal union recognized in the state of Florida is marriage.  Florida does not recognize "common law marriage," where a couple was not married but they held themselves out to the public as husband and wife.  So, unfortunately, you will not be legally recognized as a family unless you do get married.  I have been there and understand your frustration.  I wrote an article about documents you can create to protect your "union," especially in case something happens to one of you.  It is available at:  http://floridawillmaker.com/2009/11/05/how-to-protect-your-partner-advice-for-unmarried-couples/
If you need any additional assistance, I would be more than happy to assist you.  Please feel free to call my office at 800-673-7905 to speak with me.

Posted over 7 years ago

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