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How couples handle divorce in a marriage-less America

Due to decreased rates of marriage in Florida and the United States, a situation is emerging among unwed couples deciding to separate. Because they were never legally married, they can't initiate divorce proceedings. Although courts and legal firms handling family law can get involved, couples have a harder time establishing baselines. This makes it extremely difficult when children are involved and the need to establish child custody and support arise.University of Michigan research reveals almost 70 percent of co-habitating, unwed couples separate by the time their child is 10 years old. Ex-companions can utilize law firms to establish custody rights, spousal support or property division; however, there's no guarantee the other party will accept the guidelines. In some cases, situations get so caustic that resolution takes place in a Family Court.

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