Legal Question in Family Law in Florida

is there any kind of contract under florida law that provide commitment between boyfriend and girlfriend?

Asked on 7/30/12, 2:45 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group, P.A.

Two people can contract with one another in any type of agreement, from purchasing a home, to having a joint bank account etc. However they are enforced under contract law, which means that there has to be a writting, there has to be consideration, and a promise. There are often Palimony Agreement and other such type contracts and yes Florida will enforce a contract. However, that does not give rise for a boyfriend or girlfriend to gain things like spousal support, or the right to "marital" property or other things that specifically are established within the bond of matrimony. If a boyfriend and girlfriend have a child, that child is still born outside of the marriage and Paternity would have to be estbalished, even if was only both parties agreeing. Hope this helps.

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Answered on 7/30/12, 4:31 pm

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