My estate planning colleagues regularly ask me about the legal rights and responsibilities between cohabiting adults. Since more and more people are living together, and even having children together, without getting married, this issue will continue to increase in important. Before you begin cohabitating with someone, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities under the law, and to understand the additional legal rights you could obtain by properly drafted Cohabitation Agreements or other legal documents.
April 2014 Archives
In 1996 Congress passed 18 U.S.C 922(g)(9), also known as "the Lautenberg Amendment." This prevents any person "who has been convicted . . . of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" from possessing any firearm or ammunition. In nearly every such conviction, this also results in such a person being prohibited from serving in the military, or any career field which includes weapons.