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Avoiding problems with a cohabitation agreement

When two partners make the decision to live together, there are specific steps both parties can do to protect their financial and legal interests. If you are moving forward with an arrangement that involves you living with someone you are not married to, you may want to consider the benefits of a cohabitation agreement. Often referred to as a living together agreement, these can grant each party certain rights.

In long-term relationships between two people who never marry, parties often end up comingling assets, sharing bank accounts and perhaps even having children together. It can be quite complex if the relationship ends and a Florida couple needs to divide their assets and resources. If you are considering this type of contract, you would be wise to ensure it is carefully drafted and enforceable.

Stigma causes complications for those with HIV

Individuals who have HIV often have to deal with discrimination and stigma from people who do not understand their disease. Misunderstanding can make it difficult for you and others with HIV to lead normal lives and exist without fear of discriminatory treatment. If you have this sickness, you have the right to live and work without marginalization.

If you have HIV, you may have experienced some of these complications yourself. Prejudice, mistreatment and negative attitudes directed at people with HIV are often the result of misinformation, incorrect perceptions and wrong assumptions. Florida employers and others should strive to educate themselves and treat people with HIV with dignity, respecting their personal rights.

What should you know before buying a house together?

Buying a home is a critical step for couples, even if they are not married. While it is beneficial for all couples to be cautious when making such an important legal and financial decision, it can be especially important for unmarried couples to do so. If you and your significant other want to purchase a home together, there are certain things you will benefit from knowing in order to protect your interests.

As Florida readers may know, the number of cohabiting couples has increased significantly over the last few years. Many unmarried couples want to buy a home together, but the laws that protect married couples do not protect them. If you break up or one partner dies, it can be complex. It may be prudent for you and your partner to draft a cohabitation agreement. 

Fight back against discriminatory treatment for HIV/AIDS

If you are suffering with a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS, you are likely already facing myriad challenges that can affect multiple areas of your life. One issue you may face is discriminatory treatment from your Florida employer because of your medical diagnosis. Victims of discrimination on the basis of their illness have the right to fight back. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act states that employers cannot act in a discriminatory manner against individuals with a disability. This can include HIV or AIDS. This means that your medical condition cannot be a determining factor in your job security, pay and career opportunities.

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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