Are you protected by common law?

Are You Protected By Common Law?

So I have a question for those of you who are in committed- but not legally binding- relationships. You’re living with someone, you have children with someone, but you’re not legally married.

If something bad were to happen tomorrow, like let’s say that you were in a car accident or you had covid, and someone needed to decide whether or not you were going to be placed on a respirator. Who has the right to do that for you?

I mean if something terrible were to happen tomorrow, would you lose your home? Would you be able to stay in your current living situation?

One thing to consider, before you tell yourself ‘Well I am protected by common-law marriage’:

Only 12 states recognize common law.

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