Today, more and more Americans are choosing to live together and even start families together without getting married. However, it’s important to understand that cohabitating and starting a life together without entering marriage denies many of the legal benefits of marriage.
Before we discuss some of the legal benefits of marriage that do not apply to cohabitating couples it’s important to understand the legal difference between the two. According to Findlaw.com, marriage is a legal union with certain requirements that vary from state to state. On the other hand, cohabitation has no formal requirements.
There are many benefits of marriage that are not bestowed among cohabitating couples, such as Social Security benefits and tax benefits, but we are going to focus on the legal benefits that apply after these relationships end in divorce.