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Should courts be involved in the division of property between cohabiting, non-married couples who break up?

  • Yes, disputes between parties may weell be settled in court



    If any two people have a dispute about property, the courts can
    become involved. People who live together and break up are especially likely to
    have a dispute of this kind, because they lack a social or religious contract that
    defines their rights and responsibilities. Each party could feel taken
    advantage of, and each might seek legal advice. People in a situation of this
    kind may feel embarrassed to take their troubles to court, but they may end up
    there anyway.


  • Courts should be involved in the division of property between cohabiting, non-married couples who break up.

    Courts should be involved in the division of property between cohabiting, non-married couples who break up. Adults are often incapable of dividing up their stuff, especially if they have lived with each other for a very long time. The courts need to step in and divide their property because it makes the process easier.

  • Yes, if there are joint claims to ownership.

    Yes, courts should be involved in the division of property between cohabitating, non-married couples who break up, because it is similar to any other kind of property dispute in which there are competing claims. If both people have paid towards the mortgage, someone needs to decide who will keep it and how it is fair to divide it.

  • If it was purchased together than the court should be involved

    Yes, if items were brought with combined funds then it may be necessary for the courts to become involved in the division of property. Hopefully if a break up occurs the couple can come to an understanding on whom owns what, but just as if it was a marriage, if there is a disagreement the courts may have to step in to diffuse issues.

  • No, the courts should not be involved in dividing property when non-married couples break up.

    I believe that the courts should not be involved in the division of property between cohabiting, non-married couples who break up. Courts need to be involved with married couples only because marriage is the institution that is legally recognized. So many couples aren't married today and if courts had to deal with their property matters after they broke up the courts would not get anything else done.


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