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Asked on: 1/08/04, 4:15 pm

Need advice on family security, common law marriage, etc.

I am 25 yrs. old, with 2 children, one from a previous relationship, and one from the relationship that I have been in for the last 3 yrs. I am now pregnant again, by the same person I have been living with who is also my son's father. We have lived together and shared parenting for 2 1/2 yrs, so that is where the common law marriage question come in to play, but I am confused because he is still married to his wife, but has been seperated for 5 yrs from her. By the way we are not mormon so maybe there is no common law marriage. I need some security if anything were to happen to him, that the children I had with him are taken care of, and the wife cannot interfere with that. What are my legal rights and obligations? And what are his legal rights and obligations? It gets tricky, because he is a business owner so there are alot of twists and curves in the way of financial issues. Please help in any way you can! Thanks.

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