The Catholic Church has a long standing history of sharing its feelings on gay marriage and unmarried couples. In general, they were not very accepting of either. And this may have been the case with other religions as well; however, the Catholicis made a point of making its feelings known. So, with that being said, there has been an unspoken, ongoing battle among those in a gay marriage, unwed couples and the church. Not that the church had a role whatsoever in gay marriage becoming legal or in any other aspect having to do with a couples existence; but, if a person who was born and raised Catholic and wanted to still be a part of the church and participate in either a gay marriage or as an unmarried couple, it made it very difficult to remain a part of the Catholic Church.
Marriage used to be part of the natural progression of a relationship for a lot of couples. But, these days many couples are making the conscious decision to not get married, and instead they are co-habitating and still beginning families. The legal bonds of marriage clearly do not apply to unmarried couples, which leaves a lot of unanswered questions if an unmarried couple decides to end the relationship. Depending on where the couple resides, there may be a few different legal options.
It is no secret that marriage brings financial as well as emotional benefits. With the passage of same-sex marriage laws in many states, same-sex couples that are unmarried may want to consider getting married for financial reasons.
The definition of what constitutes a Michigan unmarried couple has changed as society has changed. A couple no longer consists solely of a man and a woman. Nowadays a same-sex pairing is considered a couple. So when speaking of child custody and child visitation with respect to unmarried couples, both traditional and same-sex couples are part of the discussion. However, because the laws dealing with same-sex relationships is still so undefined in a number of areas, answering questions of child custody, visitation and support, as a result of that type of relationship, can be difficult and complex.
Unmarried couples can come in two different forms. These are known as traditional unmarried couples and untraditional unwed couples. A traditional unmarried couple consists of a man and a woman. However, in this day and age, there are untraditional unmarried couples as well, which consist of couples of the same gender. This is also termed domestic partnerships. Individuals in a domestic partnership consider themselves to be in a relationship whereby certain rights can be beneficial to those in the relationship, such as health insurance and certain property rights.
Unmarried couples can fall in two different categories. There is the traditional unmarried couple consisting of a man and a woman and then there is the non-traditional unmarried couple, which can encompass same-sex couples. Although there are states that now recognize same-sex marriage and afford these couples all of the privileges that go with a traditional marriage, there are still states that do not recognize same-sex marriages. As such, these non-traditional married couples have to fight for the same rights and property rights are one of them.
The trend of first-time mothers having children while unmarried is on the rise in America, and there are societal issues and problems that may occur as a result. However, unmarried couples who have children are still entitled to legal protections as parents.
Many Michigan residents may have noticed a new cohabitation trend. It seems as though living together without intention of marriage is not just for younger folks. So-called unmarried baby boomer couples--couples with at least one partner over the age of 50--are on the rise. Living as unmarried couples is logical for older couples who have "been there, done that" in terms of the stresses of marriage and raising children.
Marriage can present its fair share of difficulties. However, unmarried couples, which often times include same-sex couples, also have difficulty when it comes to dealing with issues of child visitation, child custody and adoption. In many states, same-sex couples are not allowed to marry so these issues persist. It is a vicious circle because same-sex couples have always been considered unmarried couples in places where same-sex marriages are illegal.
Determining child custody between parents can be a tricky matter. But the issue may be even more complicated with unmarried couples. Michigan laws are starting to change with the times in regard to the rights of unmarried parents. Our state recognizes that it benefits children and the family dynamic when both parents remain in the picture. But not all states have this forward-thinking approach, and different state laws become an issue when custodial parents move to different states.