Property Issues for Nonmarried Couples In North Shore, Massachusetts


When considering marriage, many individuals muse that marriage is "just a piece of paper." In a way this is probably true. Legally, though, that is a very important piece of paper. Why?

Because marriage is more than just one form of commitment. It is also a legal contract. And contacts can define your ownership or non-ownership of value property.

With a marriage contract, you automatically own up to half of property owned by you and your spouse. Without a marriage contract, your rights depend on other contracts and documents, like mortgages, titles and deeds.

If you face a property challenge or dispute with a significant other who is not your spouse, contact me, lawyer Annette L. Baker of the Law Office Of Annette Baker. I can address and work to resolve property disputes between unmarried couples by explaining and handling the wide range of issues affecting your case such as:

  • Do you own a house together or live in a house together? An equity action, sale or petition to partition may be advisable or even required to resolve your individual property rights.
  • Do you wish to protect your right to other property during or following a break up? I can advocate your right to ownership for property ranging from cell phones and cell phone plans to vehicles, asset accounts and real property.

Often, separating couples choose to learn their full rights and options, and then negotiate ownership questions. I can provide aggressive and skilled help ranging from negotiating to courtroom litigation.

You likely have property rights whether or not you are married. Learn more about them by contacting my Boston area office.

Contact Us: Legal Help for Married, Unmarried and Same-Sex Couples in Massachusetts

The Law Office Of Annette Baker is located in Beverly's Cummings Center, an award-winning restoration of the former United Shoe Machinery plant. The Cummings Center features free parking, easy access by the MBTA bus and North Shore commuter rail, and convenient access via routes 1-A, 62 or 128.

We accept all major credit cards, and we are easily reached: simply call 978-712-4268 or complete the online form on our contact us page.