More people enter a Cohabitation Agreement. Fewer couples are marrying as more live together without the formality of a marriage. Cohabiting couples buy or rent homes together, plan their futures together and bring up families together; often, people think that the only difference is a marriage certificate.
Couples should know how important it is to have both parent's names on the birth certificate. Not only does it avoid having to seek a paternity determination by the courts later, but it also leads to other rights for the child. Just imagine if the father's name does not appear on the child's birth certificate. Should something happen to the father, the children cannot claim any social security benefits from the father's account. If a parent dies, the deceased's minor children are entitled to survivor benefits if the father is on the birth certificate or there was a paternity determination. If the father is not listed on the child's birth certificate, the child will not receive benefits if the father is entitled to social security disability benefits. If a father receives total disability under the workers compensation law of Rhode Island, additional dependent benefits are awarded for each of the father's minor children.