Protecting the Economic Rights of Cohabitants: Property Division, Inheritances, Custody, Cohabitation Agreements
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will discuss how to mitigate the unique legal and economic issues that arise for an unmarried couple if the relationship ends or when one needs to make legal decisions for the other. The program will discuss cohabitation agreements, property rights and division, custody, and even touch on the Economic Rights of Unmarried Cohabitants Act being considered by the Uniform Laws Commission.
- Legal status of unmarried cohabitants to each other
- Limits of civil unions and domestic partnerships
- Myths of common law marriage
- Cohabitation agreements
- Identifying the client and need for separate counsel
- If the relationship ends without a cohabitation agreement
- Financial responsibilities
- Ownership for joint purchases
- Residential financial obligations
- Child support and custody issues
- Inheritance rights if partner dies
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What is the best way to hold title to property for cohabitants?
- Should partners give financial authority to the other?
- How is appreciated property divided when the relationship ends?
- Does the child of a deceased partner have greater rights than the surviving partner?
Alan R. Feigenbaum
Mr. Feigenbaum is an experienced matrimonial and family law attorney who assists a diverse range of professionals and... | Read More
Mr. Feigenbaum is an experienced matrimonial and family law attorney who assists a diverse range of professionals and their spouses, including business owners, lawyers, investors, and entertainers, on their family law matters, with a notable focus on evaluating the optimal strategies to manage and resolve complex financial and custody disputes.Close
Peter R. Stambleck
Founder and Partner
Mosberg Sharma Stambleck Gross
Mr. Stambleck works closely with clients to counsel them through both financial and custody aspects of divorce. His... | Read More
Mr. Stambleck works closely with clients to counsel them through both financial and custody aspects of divorce. His cases regularly involve the valuation of privately held businesses and alternative investments, where he is able to apply his financial and accounting background, and provide his clients with a skill set and perspective invaluable in family law matters. With substantial experience representing high net worth and high profile clients across a broad spectrum of industries, Mr. Stambleck’s family law matters include divorce, child custody and access, spousal and child support, paternity, prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements.Close
Sean R. Weissbart
Mr. Weissbart is Vice Chair of Blank Rome’s Tax, Benefits and Private Client practice group. His practice focuses... | Read More
Mr. Weissbart is Vice Chair of Blank Rome’s Tax, Benefits and Private Client practice group. His practice focuses on all aspects of trusts and estates, including estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving and the creation of tax-exempt organizations, and the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested matters in the Surrogate’s Court. Mr. Weissbart’s expertise also includes advising his clients on trusts and estates issues related to matrimonial law, including tax issues incident to divorce. He also represents clients in the preparation and negotiation of prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements. In addition to his practice, Mr. Weissbart serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he teaches Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates and International Estate Planning.Close