Cohabitation

Wisconsin Law on the subject of cohabitation

The term "cohabitation" refers to people who are living together without being married. Couples of different or the same sex cohabitate.

Cohabitation Termination Presents Issues:

Under Wisconsin law, cohabitation is not a recognized marriage, regardless of the duration or nature of the relationship. Wisconsin does not recognize common law marriage nor any type of relationship between people other than marriage. For that reason, cohabitants cannot terminate their relationship through the normal termination of a marriage process, rather, they must rely upon Wisconsin's contract and other laws that govern the termination of a relationship and to divide property, and debt.

Cohabitation & Children:

If a child was born at any time prior to, during, or after the relationship of unmarried partners, then Wisconsin support laws apply. The law concerning the children of same sex unmarried couples is likely to continue to evolve.

Property Rights Of People Living Together:

For cohabitation relationships, termination of those relationships, division of property and debt acquired during the relationship, and support questions, Attorney Kathy Reiley has fast become the 'go to' person for lawyers and non-lawyers alike. For several years, Attorney Reiley has handled cohabitation dispute resolution and mediation, which are the usual methods for resolving the issues that arise for partners terminating their relationships.

Resolving Disputes Between Cohabitants:

Unmarried cohabitants do not have the statutory structure available to resolve the issues concerning property and debt when they terminate the relationship that married parties have. The filing fee to commence the action is higher and they do not have the presumptions for property division to rely on. Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and the collaborative process, are good options for saving time and money.

If you are in a cohabitating relationship that is coming to end, please call Attorney Kathleen Reiley (414-369-6309) or send Kathleen Reiley an email to set up a confidential meeting to discuss your options.

See Also:
Cohabitation Dispute Resolution | Mediation | Wisconsin Child Support
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Wisconsin State Licensed Attorney:

Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Reiley exclusively practices law in the state of Wisconsin.

Practice Focus on Divorce and Family Law:

Attorney Reiley focuses her law pratice in the area of family law, handling legal separation, divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriages and divorces, child custody, legal custody, physical placement of minor children, child support, spousal support, paternity, marital property issues, and guardianships.

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With more than thirty years of experience in family law, Attorney Reiley has also participated int he Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception. Attorney Reiley offers mediation services and divorce mediation, as well as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, contested divorce, litigated trial divorce, stipulated divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce of elderly spouses, spousal support (alimony), estensive real estate matters involved in divorce, post divorce modifications and actions, and child support modifications.

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