To learn more about the rights and benefits available to same-sex couples, consult a lawyer with expertise in this area and see making it legal:a guide to same-sex marriage, domestic partnerships & civil unions, by frederick hertz with emily doskow (nolo.
Living together and marriage: legal differences an unmarried couple can separate informally without the intervention of a court the court does have power to make orders relating to the care of the children living together and marriage: legal differences. This recognition led to the creation of a domestic partners registry, granting them limited legal recognition and some rights similar to those of married couples two states, mississippi and michigan, have laws on their books against cohabitation by opposite-sex couples.
The city's board of supervisors today passed an ordinance giving legal recognition to the ''domestic partnership'' of homosexuals and unmarried heterosexual couples by a vote of 9 to 0, with two board members absent, san francisco became the first major city to provide for the public registration of these relationships in the same way that other couples file marriage licenses. Legal recognition of unmarried homosexual couples and heterosexual couples, offered by some state and local governments domestic partnerships offer some of the same benefits enjoyed by married persons -- including the right to share health insurance coverage, and rights under the family and medical leave act (fmla.
It is clear that unmarried couples do not enjoy the same statutory recognition as their married counterparts this is most conspicuous on the breakdown of a relationship,  which in the latter case will allow for discretionary relief.
Like married couples, many unmarried couples wish to make joint estate plans what all of these clients have in common is a need for imaginative and individualized legal counseling unlike married couples, unmarried couples do not have default rules governing the classification of their property. So what are the legal ramifications when these unmarried couples decide to split the answer depends on what legal recognition the couple sought during their relationship common law marriage michigan has not allowed common law marriage since 1957 michigan courts will only recognize a common law marriage if the couple has been together since before 1957 or if the parties became common law husband and wife in a state that does have common law marriage laws (there are 16 in the us.
Furthermore, unmarried cohabiting couples are functionally similar to married couples and should therefore be treated equally from a legal perspective over the last 40 years, unmarried cohabitation has become one of the fastest growing family forms in canada.