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How do I know if my living-together contract is enforceable?

When a Florida couple walks down the aisle and exchanges wedding vows, it's more than just a declaration of love and a romantic event. Marriage is actually a legal contract, and it offers certain protections to both parties. However, if you and your partner do not want to get married, there are still protections that could be available to you.

Unmarried couples do not have to marry in order to enjoy certain legal protections. In fact, many same-sex couples and other unmarried couples have non-marital agreements called living-together agreements, to protect their financial and legal interests. However, if you are considering one of these agreements, you would be prudent to ensure they are drafted correctly and are enforceable.

Fighting back against HIV employment discrimination

Florida readers know that it is illegal to display discriminatory behavior in the workplace toward individuals with certain medical conditions. This can include HIV. A recent case in another state illustrates how employees can fight back against discrimination and pursue a beneficial outcome to their situation.

Certain people, including those with HIV, still have a variety of challenges in the workplace, despite changes in the laws and cultural perception. In this particular situation, a man received a job offer to work as a sheriff's deputy, only to lose this offer after the department learned that he has HIV. He is currently fighting back in court, claiming that he experienced HIV employment discrimination.

Without an 'I do,' a contract has benefits

You would certainly expect to sign a contract when you purchase a car, but it might seem silly if a friend asks you to draft an agreement before having coffee together. Similarly, the contractor who builds an addition onto your house will likely present you with a contract, but the neighbor's kid who mows your lawn may not.

Contracts protect you when there is a lot at stake, and while such a document may seem appropriate for a couple getting married, do you really need one if you and your partner are living together? Many couples getting married have found that entering into a prenuptial agreement serves many purposes, but can you have those same advantages if you are not exchanging vows?

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