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NO COMMON LAW BENEFITS FOR UNMARRIED COUPLES

Posted by mjdadmin Divorce/Family Law
NO COMMON LAW BENEFITS FOR UNMARRIED COUPLES

The Illinois Supreme Court upheld a 1979 decision in Hewitt v. Hewitt. That decision held that Illinois public policy states that unmarried couples that live together are precluded from bringing claims against one another for property rights when those property rights are rooted in a marriage-like relationship between the parties. Even though the parties in this case cohabitated for nearly 30 years and had children together they were precluded from bringing these property rights claims rooted in a marriage-like relationship because they were not married, in order to get these marriage benefits the court is stating that the parties would have to have been married. Blumenthal v. Brewer, 2016 IL 118781

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