Posted on May 25, 2016

You’ve found someone you want to live with, but marriage isn’t in the cards right now. Before you move in together, it’s a good idea to think through the legal implications of sharing a life and a home. A little bit of communication about your expectations can go a long way toward avoiding future problems.

Ground Rules
When you’re not married, you don’t have many of the legal protections given to those with a marriage certificate. Until the relationship is firmly established and you have a long history of stability, you’ll probably want to:

  • Keep separate bank accounts
  • Avoid contributing financially to buy an asset which will be held just in your partner’s name
  • Maintain your ability to support yourself separate and apart from any promises of support made to you by your partner
  • Avoid making promises to support your partner, either now or in the future
  • Take care not to present yourself as “husband and wife” or adopt the same last name of your partner as if you were married

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